Brazil Birding Trip, 2005

Tom Davis

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Last Modified October 24, 2006.

Note: I returned to Brazil in 2006, and took a better lens, so there are some additional photos from that trip here.

I was in southern Brazil from July 20 through August 7, doing mostly birding and bird photography. We went first to the Pantanal for four days, staying at Fazenda Tereza for three nights and then one more night at Porto Jofre at the southernmost end of the Transpanataleira highway. After that, we went to Chapada dos Guimarães and then to Serra das Araras to look for a Harpy Eagle.

Next, we flew to Iguaçu Falls where we birded both on the Brazilian and the Argentinian side of the falls, and took some photos at an avian zoo on the Brazilian side of the falls. Finally, we flew to Rio de Janiero and spent about a week based at the Serra dos Tucanos lodge that's about 100 km from Rio where we did both forest and high-altitude birding.

I had fairly good luck with my photography. All the photos were taken with a Nikon D2x and most of them were using the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. About half the time I used a tripod and the other half of the shots were hand-held.

Here are some pages with photos from the trip:

The best bird photos.
Photos of Iguaçu Falls.
More animal and bird photos.

Finally, here's an amazing panorama that I was able to put together from four photos of the Black-Collared Hawk as it's pulling a fish out of the river:

Hawk Panorama.