Tag Archives: Fazenda San Fransisco

Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna)

The feeding trough is visited by many wild bird species including these macaws that also like to raid the many mango trees nearby..

Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

One of the great opportunities to encounter wildlife is at night, and on the Fazenda San Fransico they arrange night safaris on their extensive road network, much of which is around the rice fields and canals feeding them with water. This cub was coming up from one of these canals, and showed no sign of […]

Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira)

This common bird of the Pantanal was allways around the houses of Fazenda San Fransico – single like this one or in groups. Here it’s calling out to let the world know about it presence, just a few metres away from me and my room. The sun is low on the western horizon and that […]

Greyish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens)

As I was slowly moving on the river of Fazenda San Francisco I noticed this bird together with a Black-capped Donacobius in a dense thicket on the riverside. If you don’t see it, learn about it’s wonderful song, as you’ll most likely hear it. Thanks to Niels Larsen for identification.

Black-capped Donacobius (Donacobius atricapilla)

As I was slowly moving on the river of Fazenda San Francisco I noticed this bird in a dense thicket on the riverside. What’s peculiar is the white on its head, which should normally be all black, as well as having a bright and yellow iris. One possibility is that this is the supspecies albovittatus, […]

Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata)

I heard the vocalizations of the male and female long before I was able to see them. I was on the river that runs through Fazenda San Fransico and was slowly moving towards the sounds in the forest. This is the male. They were in the dense and for me dark forest, and was only […]

Golden-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis)

I’ve never seen so many species of parrots as in Pantanal! Some species are in large groups and others just like this couple enjoying each other’s company. They are social birds, so it’s rare to see a loner. The branch is hanging over the river that runs through Fazenda San Fransico, and I could glide […]

Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda)

You’ll probably hear the characteristic song before you’ll see this beautiful bird. This one is sitting on a branch hanging over the river that runs through Fazenda San Fransico.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

This osprey was carefully eating off its catch while I was slowly moving down the river. It seemed more focused on other species than me, even though I stopped to get a closer look. Yet another fish eater finding a haven in the river than runs through Fazenda San Fransico.

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)

This bird has mesmerising red eyes! The river that runs through Fazenda San Fransico is deep throughout the dry season and thus is a treasure trove of food for a variety of birds. Many have chicks now, and I was lucky to find two that this adult was keeping an eye on. In just a […]

Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

I saw quite a few of these ducks on the riverbanks of Fazenda San Fransico’s river. They were more nervous than other bird species I encountered, and took off much sooner on approach. Perhaps they are still extensively hunted?

Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

I was busy photographing butterflies on the river bank when I heard some sounds from the other side of the river. It was the otters! Finally I had the chance to see them – my first time! I jumped into the boat and we carefully closed in on their location – a very dense brush. […]

Leuce Yellow (Pyrisitia leuce)

A small sandbank not far from the pier of Fazenda San Fransico was crowded with a great number of butterflies, and I was fortunate to disembark and get some shots, but not long enough as I was “disturbed” by the appearance of giant otters on the other side of the river. The one on the […]

Elathea Yellow (Eurema elathea)

A small sandbank not far from the pier of Fazenda San Fransico was crowded with a great number of butterflies, and I was fortunate to disembark and get some shots, but not long enough as I was “disturbed” by the appearance of giant otters on the other side of the river. Here’s one in flight. […]

Florida White (Glutophrissa drusilla)

A small sandbank not far from the pier of Fazenda San Fransico was crowded with a great number of butterflies, and I was fortunate to disembark and get some shots, but not long enough as I was “disturbed” by the appearance of giant otters on the other side of the river. Thanks to Kim Garwood […]

Godart’s White (Ganyra phaloe endeis)

A small sandbank not far from the pier of Fazenda San Fransico was crowded with a great number of butterflies, and I was fortunate to disembark and get some shots, but not long enough as I was “disturbed” by the appearance of giant otters on the other side of the river. The butterfly on the […]

Venusta Yellow (Pyrisitia venusta)

A small sandbank not far from the pier of Fazenda San Fransico was crowded with a great number of butterflies, and I was fortunate to disembark and get some shots, but not long enough as I was “disturbed” by the appearance of giant otters on the other side of the river. Also called venusta grass […]

Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana)

A very specialized waterbird that can be seen walking one the floating vegetation without falling through. In this encounter it was only walking on the river banks – perhaps it had some chicks nearby? Whith feet this wide it’s no wonder it’s able to keep afloat even when it’s walking on the flimsiest of waterplants!

Lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

The many canals feeding water to the rice fields at Fazenda San Fransico hold a diverse flora and fauna, and in a blink of an eye you may see a tapir – in the middle of the day! It was most likely feeding off the juiciy flora around the canals when we passed by. It […]

Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata)

A large and somewhat peculiar bird that seems to enjoy life in the trees as well as in the water. The peculiarity is the remnants of claws on the wings – seen here as two quite large protrusions. Are they still used, or will they fade away and become hidden underneath the skin in a […]

Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga)

This near adult was in now way giving way to our car! It was simply watching and taking a couple of steps to the side as it was letting a cow pass. A very relaxed individual, and I did not see any prey nearby, so I wondered how it could be this relaxed to a […]

Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari)

Many long-billed bird species including storks are attracted to the rice fields of Fazenda San Fransico. Due to the need of large amounts of water these fields are in fact supporting many species during the dry season. The water is pumped up in to canals from the lower levels of the property where the river […]

Black-hooded Parakeet (Nandayus nenday)

Fazenda San Fransico’s rice fields are irresitible to a number of bird species, and the black-hooded parakeets are feasting. Also named Nanday Parakeet.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

The rice fields of Fazenda San Fransico are teaming with life – from the insects and frogs to the largest of birds eating them. Also called Crying Bird.

Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus)

Fazenda San Fransico’s rice fields are irresitible to a number of bird species, and this is where I first saw the third species of ibis at the farm.

Plumbeous Ibis (Theristicus caerulescens)

Fazenda San Fransico’s rice fields are irresitible to a number of bird species, and this is where I first saw the second species of ibis at the farm.

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

The many man made canals in the higher grounds of Fazenda San Fransico offer excellent opportunities for a wide variety of animals – from insects, birds and mammals alike, and the purple galilnule is no exception. With its super wide feet, it can walk on top of the flimsiest of floating debris or vegetation in […]

Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)

A common bird, often seen walking on the ground more than in the air. It’s opportunistic, and this is exactly what it’s doing here – waiting for an opportunity – to steal from other birds or find a dead animal. Also called southern caracara or carancho.

Buff-necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus)

One of several species of ibis. If you don’t see them you definitely hear them! Also called white-throated ibis.

Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)

Many of the parrot species are happy to raid the mango and other fruit trees on the property, but also love the seeds and food handed out by Fazenda San Fransico. Up close you can see that the apparent (for humans at least) beauty of their colorful plumages may hide injuries and wear of life […]

Striped Owl (Pseudoscops clamator)

This is an impressive owl, and lucky for me human presence did not disturb it. This is what’s so amazing about Pantanal! You can get so close to so many species of birds and mammals here. Here it’s sitting on a dead branch on the banks of one of the many man made canals here […]

Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous)

The nocturnal activities are as amazing and diverse as the diurnal, and this my first and sighting of a crab-eating fox during my stay at Fazenda San Fransico. Also called common fox, common zorro, forest fox and savannah fox.

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

The walk on the “marsh pier” – a long wooden trail raised more than 2 metres to provide dry footing during the wet season – came to an end way too soon. This was my favourite location of Fazenda San Fransico. The sun was fast moving to the western horizon, and the light was marvelously […]

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

One of several stork species I encountered here at Fazenda San Fransico, and the only one I didn’t see up close. In fact this is my closet encounter.

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

Fazenda San Fransico is around 150 square kilometres large, and around 50% of it is left wild! Basically all the higher areas are used for farming, and the lower – the floodplains – are left untouched. This is the foundation for a huge variety of wildlife, and the now rare marsh deer is one that […]

Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

A large and common bird throughout the Pantanal. It’s incredible how nature has come up with the red protrusions above the eyes – nature’s henna paint!

Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)

As I was photographing the water plants I encountered this nesting yellow-billed cardinal. As you can see it’s panting in the hot evening sun and naturally it was reluctant to move away from the eggs, even though I got quite close before I noticed it.

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

In Pantanal some groups of capybaras are almost tame, and this one was no exception, as it seemingly regarded my passing as the river itself. This is not the case when a jaguar is nearby, as this is the favourite prey. In Bolivia they were much more wary of humans, as they are commonly hunted […]

Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox)

Very similar to swainson’s and dusky-capped flycatcher, so best way to identification is its song. Most likely you’ll hear it long before you see it. This one had a quick stop at this dead palm frond by the river.

Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)

Catching a glimpse of the beautiful blue-crowned motmot in front of its nest is really a treat, but with a frog in its beak – wow! That was amazing – thank you so much! Some call it Amazonian Motmot.

Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)

During the dry season the water level is low and thus all remaining pools of water and rivers are packed with fish and other life forms. The river flowing through Fazenda San Fransico is deep all year long, and thus harbors a great diversity of life from the smallest to Caiman and Jaguar, and of […]

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

With so much easy pickings during the dry season, I saw plenty of anhingas! It’s a time of plenty, but soon the water level will rise and the food will disperse over a vast floodplain. A good time for the fish, and a leaner time for the anhinga.

Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi)

Usually a very wary bird, and very hard to get close to. In Pantanal many birds allow you to get quite close, but this particular bird is something out of the ordinary. People from Fazenda San Fransico have been able to “tame” it – meaning it has slowly accepted hand-outs from humans, so it will […]

Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)

The Giant Anteater is threatened and thus not common to see – even in Pantanal. I was really grateful to see it the very first morning of my stay, and hoped to see it again. But this was the only time during my 3 nights at Fazenda San Fransico!

Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira)

A very common bird in Pantanal and sometimes in early mornings you’ll see many together basking in the sun in a treetop. This one was alone in this tree – calling to friends nearby before takeoff.

Black-hooded Parakeet (Nandayus nenday)

This species was attracted to the mango trees on the property, and I also saw them the in rice fields of Fazenda San Fransico. Also named Nanday Parakeet.

Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)

Perhaps the first you’ll notice when you come to Fazenda San Fransico are all the Rheas leisurely strolling around the farm – some very close to the buildings and humans. They are all from the same batch of eggs – which in Rheas’ case usually is huge as several females lay eggs in his nest […]

Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)

At this level the rhea’s head is small compared to the body of the parrot. When I look at its facial expression I can’t help but giggle – it’s so cute! Rheas come frequently to the feeding trough, and although they are huge compared to the many other birds visiting, they are not always willing […]

Turquoise-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva)

One of several parrot species commonly seen on the grounds of Fazenda San Fransisco, and this one was right outside my room. Also named Blue-Fronted Amazon.

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri)

These small parakeets are surprisingly hard to see in the foliage. The small trees outside my room were filled with parakeets, but even though I stood right in front of them it took a while for me to separate the birds from the leaves!