Taipei and Yangmingshan When: December 2019 Weather: Cool 15C Leica M10P 35mm summilux and Nikon P900 A brief visit to Taipei saw us make a visit up Yangmingshan, a hilly reserve just outside Taipei….my only memory from a previous … Continue reading
Johannesburg stopover : Rietvlei (Pronounced as Reet : fly) Nature Reserve When: December 2019 Weather: Cool 20C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35mm summilux Our route from Sao Paulo back to Singapore took us via a … Continue reading
Day trip to Iguassu Waterfalls When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C Leica M10P 35 summilux and 15mm Voigtlander. Nikon P900 Back in Sao Paulo after our Pantanal and Amazonia adventure, we did a … Continue reading
Cristalino and the journey back (4)
When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C
Leica M10P 35mm Summilux and 15mm Voigtlander. Nikon P900
Our three night stay in Cristalino Lodge came to an end all too soon but we had one last morning…so we used it to pay one more visit to the 50m observation tower followed by an exploration of the nearby areas to look for the snowy browed manakin and trumpeter….before our boat trip back to civilisation and Alta Floresta….
Heading up to the observation tower again at 5am to catch the sunrise…
Even though it was nigh our departure time, we went seeking the snow capped manikin….alas it was so skittish that although we found it all we got was a glimpse but no photographic record….
So back to the lodge to pack and get ready to leave…we still had time to see..
Departing the lodge on the boat, Jess and Christian piloted us one last time down the Rio Cristalino and Rio Teles Pires……here’s a tip…bring your camera on the boat….
As we departed the river by car, there were several other sightings but unfortunately our driver this time was not so minded to stop for us to shoot….and just when we thought we were done with shooting, we arrived at the Amazonica Floresta Hotel to settle our outstanding Cristalino Lodge bills and have lunch….this is an oldish hotel with a small garden but backed by some forest…..
So our grand Pantanal/Amazon adventure ended after 6 nights with nearly 200 species sighted/photographed….truly a birdwatchers’ paradise. It is an extremely long trek for birders from Asia; reckon on 24-30 hours getting to Sao Paulo and then another half a day’s travelling to get to the Pantanal and Amazonia. Both were worth going to..the Pantanal for easier sightings but more basic accommodation and food…Cristalino for more scenic surroundings, better food and arguably more spectacular bird sightings. I’d wait for Cristalino Lodge to install air conditioning before going…it was otherwise just the perfect location. Highly recommended!
Cristalino River (3) Amazonia : long post…. When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C Leica M10P 35mm Summilux. Nikon P900 The Cristalino Lodge is named after the Rio Cristalino which feeds into the Teles … Continue reading
Cristalino Lodge and the observation tower : (2) Amazonia When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C Leica M10P 35mm Summilux, Nikon P900 One of the things we had been looking forward to on our … Continue reading
Alta Floresta to Cristalino Lodge, (1) Brazil When: November 2019 Weather: Hot. 25-35C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35 summilux. After 3 nights in the Pantanal, we drove back to Cuiaba to catch our connecting flight to Alta Floresta, … Continue reading
Pantanal 4: Of Motmots and men When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 25-35C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35mm Summilux. Canon 5D One of the endearing things about birding in Brazil is the utterly … Continue reading
Pantanal 3: The Howler Monkey Tower at Araras Eco Lodge (Long post) When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 25-30C One of the things we were looking forward to was to visit the observation tower about a 20 … Continue reading
Pantanal 2: Cruising the Rio Clara and the road there…. When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 25-30C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35 summilux. The good thing about the Araras Eco Lodge is that it is set in grounds in which … Continue reading