11 Fathoms Up Sunset

Its been an amazing week for sunsets! All photos were made with an iPhone 6Plus.






In July we had the good fortune to visit the Pantanal of Brazil. 

Spending time with wild Jaguars along the Rio Cuiabá and its tributaries was a highlight of the trip. 

The tour was arranged by Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. We traveled with them to Antarctica two years ago. They always do a good job

Our Van Os photo guide was Paul Bannick. Paul is an accomplished nature and bird photographer. His book Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls will be published this October.

Our Brazilian guide was Paulo Boute. Paulo is one of the pioneering birders and ornithologists in Brazil. Paulo has over 35 years of experience guiding birders and photographers throughout Brazil.

During the dry season the jaguars come to the river to hunt. They are accustomed to seeing boats and people on the river as they search for their prey. This gave us the opportunity to spend many hours watching them.

The video below is of a young brother and sister. 

Gator Nest

Over the last several summers I have tried to document the hatching of an Alligator nest. So far I have not gotten the video I'm looking for.

In June, Jonathan Nash told me about four gator nest along Washout Road in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Getting cameras close enough to the nest has been a challenge. 

All of the mothers are guarding the nests with great dedication. Every-time I check the cameras, I've been confronted by them. At times they have even challenged vehicles on the road.

This week I was surprised to find one of the nest had been dug up. At first it was not clear if the eggs had hatched or not, but the video told the story.

The nest had been raided by a young male bear. Mom must have been away from the nest. She certainly is big enough to have run the bear off.

The videos of the other nests showed that he had tried to raid another nest, but mom ran him off before he could do any damage.

(The time stamp is wrong. Momma did not let me stay there long enough to check and reset it!)

The jaw popping showes how stressed the bear was. If you ever have a bear popping his jaw at you, it's time to get away from him!

Hopefully we will get some good video of the other nest hatching.

© Ralph Arwood 2017