To the grandkids - I have four "fake" pictures of animals that aren't real (2 Blogs, Part 1 and Part 2). See if you can find them all!
|Parrot -Mid-sized (there are three sizes here - all|
represented in these pictures)
|This is a type of hawk, beautiful wing colors when it flies.|
|Elder Russ Anderson by a "Termite Mound", the termites|
build them to keep from drowning in the wet season.
|Bird with long beak - I wish I knew all the|
bird names, but I don't!
|We walked out to an observation tower to look around,|
I only had my telephoto lens so this is all I got!
|I took this on the walk to show all the mosquitos|
that were out - tons of them! But we used repellent
and hardly got any bites the whole three days.
(all those little specs are mosquitos)
|I love the flowers in the Pantanal, but this is actually|
just a type of grass that is white at the base of the leaf
and then green farther out. Cool.
|We found this guy on the lawn in front of the "Pousada"|
where we stayed - it's like a hotel but it also feeds you
every meal. This lizard is about 2 and half feet long!
|Coming into the Pantanal we found that the wet season is|
really wet, the road was hardly passable because it was more
like a river than a road in some places. These birds were taking
off as we approached them.
|There was also a lot of water in the Chapadas where we|
went on Saturday. The kids who have been here will
notice that there is no beach at all - it's completely full
of dirty water (usually clear).
|Even the bigger falls in the Chapadas is muddy water,|
and a lot of it - much more than usual.
|Here is a picture of the nine of us that went on the trip.|
Anderson, Sonderegger, Burke, Harris, and Sister Cox
|Love the flowers, this won't be the last one you see.|
|Mom and I looking over the Cuiabá valley (center #2|
of South America)
|And here are the nine of us in Poconé - the entrance|
to the Pantanal. Oh, they repainted the arched entrance!
|This bird had just grabbed something to eat, might|
be a small fish but I couldn't tell.
|I just really liked this shot because it looks like the bird|
is just taking a leisurely stroll through the water across
the road. Why not fly? Wouldn't it be easier?
|This is a very pretty bird that I got in flight. I managed|
to get a few birds in flight, even with the telephoto.
|These are two Macaws (Arara here) I got in the tree, and|
then flying away down below.
|I love their coloring.|
|Another type of hawk, waiting for it's prey.|
|This gives you a little better idea of what the road into|
the Pantanal was like. There were times when the water
was up to the door of the big van.
|Saw this Paraguayan lizard along the road. We had never|
seen one here before and on the way in we saw three of them.
|This is a Blue Heron, pretty whether standing or flying.|
|I thnk this is a White Heron and not an Ibis, but like|
I said, I don't know all the bird names.
|This guy was funny because as we approached in the|
van, he took off running and ran along in front of the
van for at least a quarter mile.
|This is Mom's favorite bird, a tuiuiu (pronounced 2-U-U)|
|This is one of the most dangerous animals in the Pantanal,|
but you rarely see them - it's a Jaguar, or an Onça in Portuguese.
|I told you the last flower wasn't the last, and neither is this one.|
|This is an Emu (E-Moo), related to the Ostrich. I know,|
you never would have guessed it, right?
|They do a lot of cattle hearding in the Pantanal and we got|
caught in the middle of a cattle drive right down the main
road. Might have several hundred cows in the herd. (Oh, and
there were cowboys on horses driving them)
|I got some really fun "reflectoin" shots|
on our boat rides.
|Another reflection, check out the plant|
that looks like it's mirrored.
|This was probably my nicest hawk in flight picture, so I|
couldn't resist touching it up a little in the photo editor.
|We saw plenty of alligators, although not near as many as|
on past trips to the Pantanal - due to the wet season, they
can move around quite easily... Scary!
|I took this when the guide held out a fish|
on the end of a stick for the alligator to
jump up and eat - open wide!
|Don`t know the name, but these birds dive under the |
water to catch fish for their meals.
|Another reflaction shot, very pretty|
day on the river.
|I know they're cool, but I think this|
is the last reflection picture.
|We were told this is the largest duck|
in the world - or it grows to become
the largest, this one isn't all the big!
|Gorgeous flowers, and very unique as well.|
|Poser hawk, I just named him!|
|R.O.U.S. - Rodent of Unusual Size, a Capivara (story later)|
|I didn't think I got this picture because we|
were passing by in the car and I quickly took
it out the window.
|Another Tuiuiu with it's huge nest, we didn't|
see any baby birds though.
|Another hawk shot.|
|So, these are the smallest parrots - parakeets (sp?)|
I think I forgot to say that the Macaws are the largest.
|Where you would normally see grass lands, during the|
wet season it's all covered in water.
|Along comes Mr. Alligator and ...|