First Boat Ride at Southwild Lodge
After breakfast we split into two groups to take to the boats. The boats travelled up the river Pixaim from the lodge past the Mato Grosso hotel and the long bridge. We travelled as far up the river as we could go before our journey was blocked by water hyacinths choking the channel.
Along the route we saw many Capybara and Yacare Caiman. With close views of Common Iguana, Juvenile Rufescent Tiger Heron and Red Tegu Lizards. A group of Black Howler Monkeys sat in the canopy of a tree near the river bank.
As usual there were lots of sightings of kingfishers, including the smallest and rarest American Pygmy Kingfisher. This was hidden in dense vegetation on the river side. All along the river were different varieties of heron.
Boat Billed Heron
Hiding in thick vegetation on a low branch sat a Boat Billed Heron. They are mostly nocturnal. Their large bill shape looks quite amazing. It is extremely wide and flat with the upper mandible being shaped like the inverted keel of a boat. Hence the reason for their name.
Under the long road bridge a large number of Proboscis bats clung upside down from the beams. The Proboscis Bats are so named because of their elongated noses. This with their overall frosted colouration and white tufts on their forearms make them easy to identify. They are a species which tolerates daylight and can be seen flying over the water hunting insects.
Roosting on a branch in thick vegetation was a very sleepy Band-tailed Nighthawk. It was good to get such a close view and an opportunity to photograph one.
After lunch we walked around the lodge grounds. We sat and watched a male Capybara come and wallow in a puddle next to an outdoor tap outside our room. Whilst a Sayaca Tanager with its sky blue wings perched on a branch nearby.
A line of Leaf Cutter Ants were busily going in a single line backwards and forwards to a tree in front of us. They were cutting off leaves and carrying them on their backs back to their nest underneath the path by our room.
Bird food had been put out on the ground and had attracted Great Kiskadees and Orange Billed Cardinals. We had an Orange Backed Troupial land in the tree right in front of us. A pair of Bare-faced Curassow walked along the fence line and a Jabiru headed down towards the water. Next to the swimming pool a flock of Monk Parakeets flew into a tree and Southern Crested Caracara looked for carrion along the track edge. Green barred Woodpeckers seemed to be busily feeding chicks in one of the trees just outside our room.
Afternoon Boat Trip
We set off on the boat trip in the opposite direction from the morning. However, due to a lot of floating vegetation our progress was slow . We were supposed to get off the boat and have a short walk to try to see a Potoo. Unfortunately the group that had gone there in the morning told Nuam that the potoo had gone.
The sky became darker and thunder was rolling in the distance. We decided as the water hyacinths were getting thicker and it was starting to rain to head back to the lodge.
Once more we had wet clothing to dry before we were returning to the Ocelot Hide. This time we were going before dinner. Just after 6.00 we set off through the drizzling rain along the muddy riverside path to the hide.
Replicating last night we sat in silence for 30 minutes waiting for the ocelot to appear and take the tempting bits of food. Unfortunately once again the ocelot didn’t appear. Watching wildlife can sometimes be like this and in a way that’s part of the excitement of travelling to remote wild places. We have always maintained that if you want a guaranteed sighting then its a trip to a zoo.
We returned in time for dinner and then we had an early night. Tomorrow it was a safari in the truck back on to the Transpantaneira Highway, followed by another river trip.
More images from around Southwild Lodge
Day Eight :- Checklist
|Proboscis Bat||Black Howler Monkey||Capybara|
|Reptiles & Amphibians|
|Yacare Caiman||Common Green Iguana||Common Tegu Lizard||Red Tegu Lizard|
|Neotropic Cormorant||Anhinga||Cocoi Heron||Striated Heron|
|Black-crowned Night Heron||Boat -billed Heron||Rufescent Tiger-Heron||Buff-necked Ibis|
|Jabiru||Black Vulture||Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture||Great Black Hawk|
|Savanna Hawk||Black-collared Hawk||Roadside Hawk||Southern Caracara|
|Osprey||Chaco Chachalaca||Blue–throated Piping Guan||Grey-necked Wood Rail|
|Pale-vented Pigeon||Scaled Dove||Ruddy Ground-Dove||Picui Dove|
|White-tipped Dove||Monk Parakeet||Yellow-chevroned Parakeet||Blue-fronted Parrot|
|Greater Ani||Band-tailed Nighthawk||Ringed Kingfisher||Amazon Kingfisher|
|Green Kingfisher||Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher||AmericanPygmy Kingfisher||Rufous-tailed Jacamar|
|Black-fronted Nunbird||Toco Toucan||White-spotted Woodpecker||Pale-crested Woodpecker|
|Green-barred Woodpecker||Red-billed Scythebill||Pale-legged Hornero||Rufous Hornero|
|White-headed Marsh Tyrant||Cattle Tyrant||Tropical Kingbird||Piratic Flycatcher|
|Lesser Kiskadee||White-winged Swallow||Brown-chested Martin||Grey-chested Martin|
|Purplish Jay||Fork-tailed Flycatcher||Boat-billed Flycatcher||Streaked Flycatcher|
|Black-capped Donacobius||Sayaca Tanager||Palm Tanager||Greyish Saltator|
|Yellow-billed Cardinal||Saffron Finch||Giant Cowbird||Shiny Cowbird|
|Crested Oropendola||Yellow-rumped Cacique||Orange-backed Troupial||Bare-faced Curassow|