|I have lots of these shots! Can you guess which bird??|
We had a quick lesson on fill-in flash around the lodge shortly after settling in (and then a couple of hours "free time" after lunch which was very welcome). In the afternoon we went out on our final boat ride on the Pixiam River to try again at capturing birds of prey and kingfishers retrieving fish from the water. We also came across two Giant river otters - judging by the state of his teeth, I'd say the first of them was the same one we saw a few days ago. Not a great specimen but good to be able to see him up close again - he must have 6 feet from the boat at times. My camera was "playing up" again and in frustration I handed it to David who eventually sussed that my lens was not mounted quite correctly and so it had an intermittent connection to the auto-focus - marvellous. Still... at least it's not ALL my photographic skills or eyesight!
We returned at sunset, and showered for pre-dinner beers. Last night of rice and beans and have to say am somewhat disappointed in the lack of Piranha soup all trip - was really looking forward to it; maybe it's the wrong season this time. The beers continued after dinner and long into our last night - hilarious bird call competition between David and Ricardo, and the beginnings of a podcast came together for a Pantanal radio station - comedy genius.
My final pee before bed at 1am was the pinnacle of absurdity when the toilet cistern fell off the wall onto my head and flooded the bathroom! I was sat, trousers round my ankles, with the continuously filling tank balanced on my shoulder, pipework sticking out into the room, frantically typing a WhatsApp to David for assistance. Gotta love the Brazilian approach to construction.