Pantanal is in full flood!

We just got back from a field trip to the Pantanal. It is wet season and, as expected, the Pantanal is completely flooded. And it is also even more spectacular, showing up all its biodiversity! With the torrential summer rains, the rivers are in full flood and fishes now swim over grass fields and roads covered in water.

Vandir monitoring some parrot behavior (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Vandir monitoring some parrot behavior (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

The high water reached areas that are usually dry at this time of the year, making them hard to access even in a 4×4 vehicle.

Vandir trying to keep himself dry while checking a nest (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Vandir trying to keep himself dry while checking a nest (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Fingers-crossed that we will not get stuck! (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Fingers-crossed that we will not get stuck! (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Some of the places we used to go to monitor the parrots were just impossible to be reached this time. For the pantaneiros and some animals, this is a hard time in the Pantanal; but on the other hand, it is also a period of food abundance for the parrots and other animals.

A horse grazing on flooded grasslands (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

A horse grazing on flooded grasslands (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

The biologist Verónica Ramirez in a flooded Pantanal! (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

The biologist Verónica Ramirez in a flooded Pantanal! (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

During this field trip, Vandir and Veronica monitored the feeding habitats, roosting sites and reproductive behavior of Blue-fronted Amazon and also other psittacine species. Many blue-fronted amazons, Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday) and Yellow-collared Macaw (Propyrrhura auricollis) were observed feeding on flowers of Pink trumpet, fruits of angico and other vegetable species. We also saw Peach-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga aurea) and blue-fronted amazons getting ready for the breading season and preparing some cavities to be used as nests.

Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday) eating flowers of pink trumpet (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Nanday Parakeet (Aratinga nenday) eating flowers of pink trumpet (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Blue-fronted Amazon eating the fruit of angico (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Blue-fronted Amazon eating the fruit of angico (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Nanday Parakeets (Aratinga nenday) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Nanday Parakeets (Aratinga nenday) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Peach-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga aurea) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Peach-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga aurea) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Blue-crowned Parakeet (Thectocercus acuticaudatus) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Blue-crowned Parakeet (Thectocercus acuticaudatus) (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

Well, and that is how Pantanal goes on, with its wet and (brief!) dry seasons, completing the cycle that maintains its natural beauty and rich biological diversity!

The wonderful Pantanal (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

The wonderful Pantanal (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

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  1. Jimmy disse:

    Lovely images:)

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