Top of the food chain
A special place in the heart of the Pantanal, Brazil´s ultimate wilderness outback. Second to none biodiversity in the Pantanal.
|Tapera, Fazenda Barranco Alto|
|Stilts and a yellowlegs|
|Stilts at sunsetwww.FazendaBarrancoalto.com.br|
|Aerial view of "Invernada 3"|
|blue-crowned parakeet (Aratinga acuticaudata)|
|Hunting other birds|
|Picture by Aude Schneeberger|
|feeding on acuri nuts|
This is one of the most amazing bird families in the Pantanal: the woodpeckers. The lineated woodpeckers (Dryocopus lineatus, Pica-pau-de-banda-branca) have strong bills for drilling and drumming on trees and long sticky tongues with bristles for extracting insects deep out of the wood. Listen to the drumming: MP3 by J.Minns
|Pampas deer with fawn.|
|Father of the fawn.|
Today we had another first sighting: a Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica, maçarico-de-bico-virado). The bird was seen in the Salina Mara (location) amongst thousands of stilts and sandpipers. Their breeding habitat is the far north near the tree line in northwestern Canada and Alaska, also on the shores of Hudson Bay, hence the name. Both parents look after the young birds, who find their own food and are able to fly down to Brazil (more than 9'000 Km) within a month of hatching.
|Mixed flock, photo by Paulo.|
|Hudsonian Godwit and lesser-yellowlegs, photo by Paulo.|
The southern screamers (Chauna torquata, tachã) are heavy (up to 5 Kg) birds that inhabit the ponds and marshes of the Pantanal. When they sense any danger they start a loud call that can be heard several kilometers away alarming every other animal of the present danger ... Click here to listen to their call.
|Photo by Adrian Testa|
|Sunbittern displaying its amazing wing-pattern.|
|A female sungrebe hiding under branches.|