Sunday, October 21, 2012

Machu Picchu - Peru

A photograph of Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu - Peru

Visiting the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu was one of the main motivations behind our recent visit to Peru. We opted to get there via the 4 day Inca trail, which starts close to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and ends in Machu Picchu, as opposed to taking the bus up from Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of the mountain ridge.  We started hiking at around 5.30am on the last day and got to the Sun Gate, in time to watch the first rays of sun lighting up Machu Picchu.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Inca Trail - Cusco, Peru

A photograph of Sayacmarka taken on the 3rd day of the Inca Trail in Peru
Sayacmarka (Day 3) - Inca Trail, Peru

Peru was the first stop on our trip to South America. We had decided not to spend much time in Lima and headed up to the old Inca capital, Cusco, instead. The main attraction in Cusco for us was the Inca trail. We had two days in Cusco to acclimatise to the altitude before starting off on the trek.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Roseate Spoonbill - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of the Roseate Spoonbill taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Roseate Spoonbill was one of the most striking birds that we saw during our brief visit to the Pantanal. We came cross it on the first day when we were driving down the Trans-Pantaneria towards our lodge. There were about 10 of them feeding in a small waterhole close to the road. A few of the birds flew away when the car approached but fortunately the others continued to feed while I photographed them.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Hyacinth Macaw - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of a Hyacinth Macaw taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal's iconic bird, the hyacinth macaw, is unmistakable. Measuring in at around 100cm from head to tail, it is the largest parrot in the world. Along with the jaguar and giant otter, the hyacinth macaw was on my list of animals that I wanted to photograph during our trip to the Pantanal. Fortunately, I was able to see these birds on a few of occasions and was also able to photograph them from close proximity.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Giant River Otter - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of a giant river otter taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) - Pantanal, Brazil

Seeing a group of Giant River Otter was one of the highlights of the trip into the Pantanal. We had 2 sightings of different groups. The first sighting was at a den about a kilometer downstream from where we saw the jaguar. We also came across a group hunting in a waterhole by the side of the Trans-Pantenaria. The photographs on this post were from the second sighting.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Jaguar - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of a Jaguar stalking Capybara taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Jaguar (Panthera Onca) - Pantanal, Brazil

Firstly, apologies for neglecting the blog for over a month, I've been in South America for 4 weeks on holiday and just returned. I've got 180 GB worth of photographs to process so hopefully I will be able to post more regularly.

One of the highlights of the trip was a 30 minute sighting of a Jaguar stalking Capybara on a river bank in the Pantanal. We were lucky to have seen it as we only had a single day on the river and the weather was not good.

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