“Last September experience in Brazil’s Pantanal” by Ossian Lindholm

Pantanal, the largest wetland in the Americas, is one of the most important biodiversity reserves on the planet. It has almost 700 species of birds, 260 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 80 species of mammals among which are the Giant Otter, the Tapir, the Marsh deer, the Giant anteater, and the Jaguar, the third largest cat in the world.

The Pantanal is located in the heart of South America, mostly in Brazil and a smaller part in Bolivia and Paraguay. I recently visited the Pantanal with a group of six passionate photographers; the experience, organized by Travel Vision Journeys, was wonderful. Following is a just a small sample of the thousands of Incredible photographic moments we captured.

Giant river otter. 
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/1000 ISO2000 @450mm 
It is no doubt one of the main attractions of Pantanal. It is the largest of the otters, 1.5 to 2 meters long. Crunching on fish and playing, they form noisy groups around our boat.
Our Travel Vision Journeys Pantanal trip began in Cuiabá – Brazil – capital of Mato Grosso, a city of approximately one half a million inhabitants and is the chosen entrance for those who want to visit the North of the Pantanal. From Cuiabá we took the Ruta Transpantaneira to go to Porto Jofre, a village deep inside Pantanal. From there we enjoyed safari boat rides with the ultimate goal of observing the Jaguar. In our search for the jaguar with expert local guides we were able to observe dozens of birds and two of the most interesting mammals of Pantanal: the Giant River Otter and the Tapir.
Tapir
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/500 ISO11400 @600mm 
One morning on a bot ride in Rio Piquirí, we observed this beautiful Tapir during sunrise. Related to horses, it is the heaviest mammal in South America.
American skimmer
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/1600 ISO560 @600mm 
Marsh deer 
Is the largest deer species from South America reaching a length of 2 m (6.6 ft) and a shoulder height of 1.2 m (3.9 ft).
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/7.1  1/1000 ISO400 @600mm 
Cocoi heron.
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/800 ISO5600 @600mm 
The encounter with the Jaguars
To search for the Jaguar, we left the Pantanal Norte Hotel in small private boats cruising along the Cuiabá, San Lorenzo, Piquirí, Negro and Tres Hermanas Rivers. Travel Vision Journeys chooses the best hotel in the area for this purpose, the one with the best service, and the best boats with expert pilots.We had the first encounter during the first boat ride in Tres Hermanas river when we met a mother Jaguar and her puppy while they were about to cross the river.
Jaguar
Mother and puppy playing in the shady banks of the river.
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/320 ISO12800 @600mm 

Join me to our next trip to Pantanal :

September 2 to 9 , 2019

Jaguar with its prey in the dense wood
Nikon D810 + Sigma 150-600   f/6.3  1/800 ISO2800 @600mm 

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