As promised in yesterday’s post, here are a bunch of animals I saw while gliding along the Yacuma River in the Bolivian pampas. We also saw a couple river snakes and capuchin monkeys, but they moved too fast for me to photograph.
Bird of paradise
Sunbathing turtles–every single one moved surprisingly fast for a turtle, diving into the water when they heard our boat approaching
Capybara, the largest rodent in South America
Blue and yellow macaws–we only ever saw them in rapid flight, in groups of three to six
I can’t remember–a type of stork? Any of my birdwatching friends want to help out?
Egrets in flight
Not sure what type of bird this is
A pushme-pullyu! (Or two capybaras grazing near each other)
Hi Lisa! The birds with the gray caps are, I think, Great Blue Herons (but I would double-check with the locals). The other bird pictured above the Egret (with the white collar and dark torso) looks to be some sort of egret or heron. I can bounce it off a few birders I know w/S. American experience if you’d like. Also: Capybaras!!!! 🙂
I knew you’d know, Meredith, thanks! Hope you enjoyed these.
Love those funny-looking capybara faces.
What a wonderful bunch of “captures” you got of so many animals, Lisa!
I LOVE the Pushme-Pullme! Just what I thought when I saw it! Also impressed with the BIRD of the bird of paradise – I’ve only ever seen the plant! Now the plant makes a lot more sense.
Thank you so much for spending the energy it takes to post these photos and texts with us. What a gift. Thanks.
Whereas I don’t think I know what the plant version of the bird of paradise looks like, haha.
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Hi, the birds you are unsure of are as follows…The first bird is a Hoatzin not a bird of paradise, the cormorants are Neotropical, both the heron photos are cocoi heron, the hawk is a Black collared hawk, the egret photos are great white, the bird below the turtles is an Anhinga (Snake bird because of the long neck),