As we navigated the river we are always scanning the shorelines for anything exciting. Without fail a family of Giant River Otters, five in total, makes an appearance hunting along the river's edge. It was amazing to watch as they worked together, maximizing their agility and great speed, to encircle and trap fish in the shallows.
We soon reached a beach area and, with cameras in hand, we jump out and made our way into the forest. The first Hyacinths quickly make an appearance as we moved into the trees. We can hear more in the distance as they are very loud in their communications with each other. The next few hours were unbelievable watching the Macaws socializing, courting, feeding and flying from perch to perch. In some cases they showed their playful nature by hanging upside down as if showing off.
Back down the river we went in search of our daily Jaguar fix. A report came in about a big male sighting not to far away. The local boat men network is quite impressive in communicating info with one another and this was a huge advantage to us in maximizing our chances seeing Jaguars. Before we made it to the male sighting a beautiful female made a brief appearance along the river's edge. She seemed content to just sleep in the shade for a while.
I can't even imagine what the next few days will bring, but I'll be ready with camera in hand to say the least.
Until Part 4, safe travels,