A common species in Pantanal, but not so often confident enough around humans that you get a nice shot like this. I was eating lunch in the shade of some large trees alongside one of the many rivers upstream from Porto Jofre, and suddenly this female sat right in front of me.

I assume this is one of its preferred spots in its territory, and as I was stationary and it moving in, I was more a part of the “furniture” than an intruder as is usually the case with humans and their boats.



  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 1100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s