fredag 30. desember 2016

BRAZILIAN GIANT OTTERS + EXTRAS !!


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 1100

The giant otter, once roaming Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Fresh Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela have been & is severely threatened by extinction. The specie has today lost approx. 80 % of it`s original distribution and the world population is now estimated between 2 000 & 5 000 individuals. The most important remaining sites are now the Amazon, Guiana & the Pantanal.

A male giant otter can weight up to 35 kg measuring up to 2,4 m incl. tail. With it`s beaver shaped tail  (!) it can swim like a torpedo ....  and basic food is fish (piranhas !!), but also amphibians, reptiles incl. small anacondas and smaller mammals.

All pictures shot Pantanal, western Brazil, Nov. 2016.


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 6,3, 1/1000, ISO 800


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 1100


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 5,6, 1/1000, ISO 1800


Giant otter & striated heron
D5, 600 4,0


Giant otters
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2000


Giant otters
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 5,6, 1/1000, ISO 2500


Giant otters
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 1100



Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 6,3, 1/1250, ISO 450


Giant otter
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 6,3, 1/1250, ISO 900


Lesser yellowfaced vulture
D5, 600 4,0, F/ 6,3, 1/1000, ISO 500


Southern caracal
D5, 600 4,0, f/ 6,3, 1/320, ISO 900


Rufescent heron
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 900


Anhinga
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1000, ISO 3600


Toco Toucan
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/000, ISO 5000


Great black hawk
D5, 600 ,0, f/4,0, 1/500, ISO 500


The only animal that old Pantanal pioneers feared more than jaguars ... was agressive bees !!
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,5, 1/1250, ISO 18 000

fredag 16. desember 2016

JAGUARS OF PANTANAL, BRAZIL


iPhone 6

Honestly, it was pretty hard work ! 14 days in the boat on the river, 12-13 hours continuously every day, 40 degrees warm in the shade and insane amounts of stinging and biting insects !!!

..... and it was all worth it !!

The  huge Brazilian wilderness Pantanal & Mato Grosso has probably the densest jaguar population in the world, and not only the densest : the jaguars of Pantanal grow to be almost the double size of the ones in the Amazon with males up to 140 - 150 kg. We had 18 sightings in 14 days with assumed 13 different individuals, some just a brief glance through the grass and some we watched for hours as they were hunting for caimans (crocs) or capybaras (flodsvin).

I have picked 20 pictures for this post. It was difficult. It could easily have been 20 others.

For the jaguar attack : see my previous post on www.tomdyring.com

Thanks to Fabritio Dorileo of Pantanal Safaris!
Also thanks to Arnfinn Johansen ( www.arnfinnjohansen.com ) for inspiration & great company !


Male jaguar on the river bank
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 720


Female jaguar resting in the shade
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1250, ISO 1800


Male jaguar "Pirata"
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 2200


Male jaguar "Holyfield"
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 9000


Male jaguar "Holyfield"
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/200, ISO 7200 


Male jaguar "Scarface"
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 220 mm, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 7200 


Male jaguar "Scarface"
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 200 mm, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 2000


Alice in Wonderland ? ... or just male jaguar "Pirata" swimming
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 200 mm, f/5,0, 1/500, ISO 720


Male jaguar "Holyfield" slipping into the water
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 640


Male jaguar "Scarface"
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 1100


Female jaguar
D5, 600 4,0, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 2500 


Male jaguar "Pirata"
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 300 mm, 1/800, ISO 560 


Male jaguar "Pirata" hunting swimming capybara (flodsvin)
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1000  


Jaguar hunting capybara (flodsvin)
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,0, 1/800, ISO 2800


Male jaguar "Scarface" with caiman carcass
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/500, ISO 2200


Male jaguar with caiman kill
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 450


Male jaguar "Pirata" swimming
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 450


Male jaguar "Pirata" climbing the riverbed
D5, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1250, ISO 560


Females with cubs usually stay hidden and are not seen. These two cubs rest safely in the shade knowing that mom is just around the corner
D5, 600 4,0, f/5,6, 1/1600, ISO 1600

torsdag 24. november 2016

JAGUAR ATTACK


"Holyfield", first attack
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 330 mm, f/5,6, 1/640, ISO 3600

We are in the vast wilderness of Pantanal Brazil to look for jaguars. One evening we find a mating couple on the riverbank. The big male is an "old friend" of ours, and luckily he is known to have a steady & accepting attitude to humans. He has a big scar in his left lip, so let`s call him "Scarface". We follow their amorous adventure on the beach for hours and sometimes we get really close to them ... until the Brazilian night swallow them into the big black sack. Next morning we go to try to find them again and thanks to the growing & snarling from the matings we manage to locate them. At least : We think we have found the same couple, but what we do not know (until we checked the pictures after the incident) is that "Scarface" probably got beaten up & chased away during the night by an even bigger & more dominant male. This guy has lost he tip of his left ear, so let`s call him "Holyfield". Holyfield is not often seen, but when he appears it`s usually in connection with some passionate love affair .... and he is known to be grumpy !! We approach the couple on the beach believing that the male is "Scarface", and on a pretty close distance one of us makes a lousy imitation of a male jaguar call. The reaction is immediate & unexpected  : "Holyfield" rolls up his lips, displays his enormous canine teeth, curl up his nose, puts his ears flat down ... and with a drooling roar launch a striking attack towards us. We`e in a flat little boat on the beach with the bottom litterally on the shore and we have no possibility to get away. Luckily for us "Holyfield" stops at 4 - 5 m, roaring & drooling, making a really scary impression ... before he attends back to the Lady in the shady bush. I understand of course that this was a very dangerous situation, but at the same time I dispair ... because I missed to get the best pictures. With a beating heart we pull back and put the boat on the shore a little bit further away. After this we loose them out of sight. At some stage my friend gets up and walks to the front of the boat to look for them. What we don`t know is that "Holyfield"& the Lady are in the middle of "the Act" behind the grass right in front of the boat, and the mere sight of the human beeing this close makes "Holyfield" furious !!! He pulls his dick out of "where ever it was", spins around and launch a new wild attack towards us. This time I`m ready to shoot !! .... and I instruct myself to stand my ground, overrule my natural reflexes to pull back and focus & shoot. However the frightening sight of 140 kg of drooling muscles with the most deadly bite among all cats in the world coming to take me ... is too much !! After a quick series of pictures I stumble backwards into the boat and shoot my camera up in the sky & down on the floor as I was trying to save my neck from the deadly tsunami !

After altogether 4 attacks we are still alive (!!) ... and pull back with enough adrenalin to fuel a spaceship to the moon !!! I will never forget this situation !  


"Holyfield" giving unmistakeable warning
D5, 600 4,0, F75,0, 1/1000, ISO 2000  


"Holyfield" right before attack
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1250, ISO 1250 


D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 2500


The attack is on !
D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 171250, ISO 4500


D5, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0 1/1250, ISO 4000


This is where I stumble backwards and loose focus ! Although unsharp it gives an impression of the situation !


"Holyfield" portrait
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 330 mm, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 2200


A grumpy cat !
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 250 mm, f/4,0, 1/1600, ISO 2500


"Scarface" and the Lady having fun the first evening
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/5,0, 1/1600, ISO 640


"Scarface" and the Lady
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/ 5,0, 1/1600, ISO 720 


"Scarface" and the Lady : The last phase of the mating looks anything but friendly !
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 400 mm, f/5,0, 1/1600, ISO 800


Portrait of the Lady from the first evening
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 200 mm, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 5000 


"Scarface" in between the sex battles the first evening
D5, 200-400 4,0 / 220 mm, f/4,0, 1/800, ISO 5600