I have just returned from Brazil, where I had a wonderful trip to the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and covers an area of approximately one hundred and fifty thousand square kilometres. Renowned for its wildlife, the Pantanal is home to several hundred species of birds, along with jaguar, caiman, giant otter and capybara.
I was fortunate enough to see jaguars every day and the highlight of my trip was witnessing a territorial fight between two males. I have never seen big cats of any kind fighting with such ferocity, although I am pleased, not to say amazed, that both jaguars walked away seemingly uninjured. As you will see from the extraordinary photographs, at least one of them could have been seriously harmed. These images tell their own story and I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
I was also lucky enough to photograph a species new to me – the ocelot. It is a small cat and mostly nocturnal. Early one morning, I spotted what I assumed to be a small jaguar, before realising, with great excitement, that it was in fact an ocelot. The sun had not yet risen, so the photographs are not among my best, but certainly good enough for you to see what a very pretty cat it is.
Please click on the link below to view these images, along with those of giant otters, birds and various other animals, including one of a small anaconda wrapped around a caiman that was far too big for it!
I wish to extend my thanks to Paula Mason at Exodus Travel who organised my trip, my wonderful guide Alexandre Ribeiro, for his knowledge, experience and enjoyable company, and my boatman, Branco, at Porto Jofre, who did a brilliant job of trying to keep our small boat steady enough to enable me to get the occasional image in focus, which was no mean feat!
click on the image below to see more of the images: