Tag Archives: Pousada Xaraés

Tridax daisy (Tridax procumbens)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Tridax daisy (Tridax procumbens)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Campo Flicker (Colaptes campestris)

The only species of woodpecker I encountered while at Pousada Xaraés. This was the second and last, and being the last few hours of my stay I think I should be satisfied. In fact it was only a few metres away from my room, so another proof you don’t have to go far to see […]

Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)

As I was photographing plants I noticed the constant return of and foraging of this bird on the ground around me. Not at all nervous about me, and came very close on several occasions. Finally I found out where it was heading, and the nest was very close. It’s an amazing construction and is re-used […]

Pantanal plant 33

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. Please help me identify it – leave a comment!

Pantanal plant 33

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. Please help me identify it – leave a comment!

Mosaic flower (Ludwigia sedioides)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. I found none in bloom, so I wonder when […]

Pavonia sidifolia

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Pavonia sidifolia

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. This plant has big spines high on its agenda, […]

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Wineflower (Boerhavia diffusa)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Wineflower (Boerhavia diffusa)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Pantanal plant 28

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. This one looks like mimosa. Please help me identify […]

Pantanal plant 28

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me. This one looks like mimosa. The buds look like […]

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

This is such a tiny bird of prey, and when they sit still in the rain like this, they’re easily missed, as no prey is making any warning calls. The rain has dampened a lot of activities, and this couple was observing and preening feathers with no intention of taking flight and not bothered by […]

Peach-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula aurea)

My last day at Pousada Xaraés was a wet one, and a totally different setting than the previous two, which were sunny and hot. This group of parakeets look soaked and miserable, but they seemed to welcome the wetness as a different sort of having a bath. In the dry season they have to find […]

Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

The sitting bird looks frightened in this photo, but this is all play and fun! This tree is often busy with younger birds (less than 7 years) as well as established pairs. You can see the branches have been chewed on, and they will be bitten to pieces much quicker than the process of decomposition. […]

Pantanal Gecko 02

This is the second gecko species I found on the walls of Pousada Xaraés, and I’m certain there are several more species living in and around these buildings.

White-backed Stilt (Himantopus melanurus)

It’s almost dark, and hard to see, and most of the birds are quiet now. This individual was standing by itself in the middle of the pond, while all the other birds were resting on its edge.

Pantanal (Pousada Xaraés)

The sun is setting behind the trees, and dusk is fast approaching. This vista is typical of this part of the Pantanal. Lush green even at the end of the dry season, the jabiru storks are still finding plenty of food in the myriads of pools, and here and there you’ll come across fences seen […]

Brown Brocket (Mazama nemorivaga)

Astonishingly this brocket was not startled by my approach (a 4×4), so I was able to take a couple of shots before it decided to move on. Pantanal is amazing this way, or at least those areas where landowners long ago have let large portions of their farms revert back to their natural state, including […]

Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

This is perhaps the best time of day as the air has cooled substantially and the light is mellow and soft. Many birds are now preparing for the night, but these macaws were still in food mode. The macaws are noisy and should be easy to see as their plumage is intensely colorful, but these […]

Chopi Blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi)

A common bird in Pantanal, and several resides close to the buildings of Pousada Xaraés. This one is part of a group in which one pair had chicks that perhaps the very same day had left their nest, and thus they were all trying to divert me from the chicks on the ground. They were […]

Pantanal plant 27

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. I was unable to find a plant with fresh flowers. apparently this species was at the very end of its flowering season. I found it on the very fringes of […]

Pantanal plant 27

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. I was unable to find a plant with fresh flowers. Apparently this species was at the very end of its flowering season. I found it on the very fringes of […]

West Indian Buckeye (Junonia evarete)

Old and worn out, but still in good health as it was by no means sitting still when I repeatedly approached. Location was near one of the many dwindling pools of water.

Six-Banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus)

As I was focusing on the many small and low plants in the sandy open spaces around the buildings of Pousada Xaraés, this armadillo was passing by. As with the others I’ve encountered here, it was moving quickly, sniffing in one area for a short time, then quickly moving on. Here it’s superficially digging into […]

Pantanal plant 26

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 26

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 26

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

The fruit of the Acuri palm (Attalea butyracea) is important food for a number of Pantanal bird and mammal species, and here one adult capybara of a family of several youngsters enjoys the ripe (yellow) fruits. It appears the husk is what they prefer, as none of the nuts were cracked open. The capybara should […]

Pantanal plant 25

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 25

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Indigofera sabulicola

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Indigofera sabulicola

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Indigofera sabulicola

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 23

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 23

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Rhabdadenia pohlii

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Rhabdadenia pohlii

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 18

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 21

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 21

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Ludwigia sp

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Ludwigia sp

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa)

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species was climbing on the vegetation bordering the forested islands, and sometimes also the fences of Pousada Xaraés.

Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa)

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species was climbing on the vegetation bordering the forested islands, and sometimes also the fences of Pousada Xaraés. It also grows alongside rivers, and sometimes grows to dense carpets […]

Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa)

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species was climbing on the vegetation bordering the forested islands, and sometimes also the fences of Pousada Xaraés. It also grows alongside rivers, and sometimes grows to dense carpets […]

Echinodorus sp

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species usually grows in water, but in Pantanal water can be everywhere for months and then scarce for months, as this individual has found out here. Please help me […]

Echinodorus sp

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species usually grows in water, but in Pantanal water can be everywhere for months and then scarce for months, as this individual has found out here. Please help me […]

Pantanal plant 18

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Strangler Fig (Ficus americana)

The way the the strangler figs spread the constrictive “tentacles” around the palm’s trunk is as artistic to the casual viewer as it’s deadly to the host. This tree is out in the open, with plenty of light, which sometimes saves the tree, as light and soil is what the fig requires, it should not […]

Pantanal plant 17

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 17

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Pantanal plant 16

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Euphorbia hirta

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Euphorbia hirta

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Portulaca fluvialis

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]