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by Nate Chappell on Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:06 pm
Nate Chappell
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Join Nate Chappell to photograph Jaguars in the best location on earth Jaguar photography, the Pantanal of Brazil.  We spend 4 nights in a 5 star river boat hotel that keeps us nearest the highest concentration of Jaguars in the world.  On our 2015 photo tour we had excellent sighting and photo opportunities of Jaguars on 5 days.  We photographed them hunting, swimming, sleeping and walking.  During our Jaguar safaris we also photograph Giant Otters and a variety of birds including up to 5 species of kingfishers.  We stay at 3 other lodges in the Pantanal which all provide different habitat, species and photo opportunities.  At Rio Claro we photograph Black-collared and Great Black Hawks as well as Cocoi Herons and Camian fishing at close range.  At Pousada Piuval there are numerous waterbirds, Jabirus, Toco Toucans, Savannah Hawks and more.  Pouso Alegre is the best location in the Pantanal for photographing mammals other than Jaguar and we had multiple sightings and good photo opportunities with Brazilian Tapir and Southern Anteater there.  Hyacinth Macaws nest right outside the lodge. Our driver called in a Giant Anteater to the roadside on the Transpanteira between lodges     In total we photographed well over 100 species of birds and 15 species of mammals on the 2015 photo tour. 

2016 is an excellent year to visit Brazil because they have waived the VISA requirement for US citizens from June 1 through September 18th due to the Olympic Games.  This saves anyone going about $200 and a lot of hassle. 

The extension to the Atlantic Rainforest gives us excellent small bird photo opportunities.  They have both numerous fruit and hummingbird feeders which attract a large variety of toucans, tanagers and parakeets.  A Tayra (large weasel) visits the feeders daily and ocelots and tapir are sometimes seen in the forest.  We will do some multi-flash photography of hummingbirds here. 

The cost of the Pantanal tour is $6,400 per photographer with a $900 single supplement.  This includes all lodging, meals, transportation within the Pantanal, guiding and instruction.  It does not include round trip airfare to Cuiaba, Brazil and items of a personal nature such as tips, beverages other than drinking water, laundry and phone calls.  The cost for a nonphotographer spouse to attend is $5,900.  The cost of the extension to the Atlantic Rainforest is $2,500 with no single supplement, nonphotographer spouse cost is $2,000.

To see more details on the tour see www.trogontours.net/brazil . To see a gallery of images from our 2015 photo tour there check Brazil gallery.

Contact Nate Chappell with questions or to register at
nchappell@trogontours.net or

Nate Chappell
Texas and Ecuador


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