Wings and Jaws: Day 3

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Up again at 6am and off for another walk at 7. This time we waded through (shockingly cold) water in some places and couldn´t help but think of all the caimans we had seen so far.... saw lots of birds and some mammals again and enjoyed the peace and beauty of the area.

Back for lunch and a game of football - Brazil v Mixed (ie the guides against whoever wanted to play, mostly Brits and a French family). Simon, not used to running about for a while, was soon hot, sweating and exhausted while the Brazilians, used to the heat and a daily match, ran about barefoot.

After a kip and fuss over the kitten, it was time for our boat ride along the river for more wildlife spotting. The group the day before had spotted a jaguar on the riverbank so we were very excitied at the chances of seeing one.

We didnt. We saw a lot of birds and zillions of caimans. Some of them were big ol buggers and our guide took the boat right up to the shore to see the caimans up close and personal. One caiman didn´t budge and hissed at us as we sat watching her. We think she was protecting her eggs or babies or something as most of the caimans legged it when we got close. The caimans are so fast!! There are so many of them in the Pantanal, they are numbered around the 20-30 million mark!

We saw some more otters, lots of beautiful birds and just enjoyed the scenery and the relaxing river. Our guide suggested a swim at one point but after seeing all the caimans swimming about we thought it was best to stay in the boat. There hasn´t been a caiman attack in the Pantanal (apparently) but we didn´t want to risk being the first to make the newspapers!

 

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yikes!
yikes!
Brazil v Simon
Brazil v Simon
Stalks (they are huge!)
Stalks (they are huge!)
Pantanal
photo by: Sads79