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Pousada Xaraes Estrada Parque, BrazilBook now
The photography season lasts from September 01 till October 15 every year.
Located about halfway between Miranda and the Bolivian border in Lower Pantanal, Brazil. After a 5 hours westerly drive drive from Campo Grande, you reach one of the best wetlands on the Earth, flooded every year by the Paraquay River, which provides home to the endangered Hyacinth Macaw and hundreds of other bird and mammal species. The lodge will not only provide you with your basic needs of comfort (electricity, hot shower, comfortable beds, great food and facilities that include 23 rooms in 3 buildings), but will bring an unlimited array of photogenic species on your 'plate'. In our hides, we will guarantee excellent images of over 40 species of birds, including Toco Toucan, Bare-faced Curassaw, Southern Crested Caracara and Road-side Hawk. The area also has an amazing list of other photogenic wildlife, such as snakes, monkeys, armadillos and insects. We have 8 hides at the area – one tower dedicated to photograph the amazing Hyacinth Macaws for 5 people, two drinking stations in two different forest patches (3 people each) and the 5 different vulture hides, which are one-person cabins.
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Macaw Tower Pousada Xaraes, Estrada Parque, Brazil Book now
This large, 5-person professional tower stands in open country, allowing the smooth grass and the forest line on the horizon to provide you with perfect, homogenous background for photography. The hide was specifically built for the endangered and breathtaking Hyacinth Macaw, which are attracted to the dry trees in front of you by their natural food: palm seeds. We usually have half a dozen or so at any time, but groups of up to 30 or more individuals are also not uncommon. Many raptors and smaller songbird species, as well as the occasional Toco Toucan also visit this hide. Details >>
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
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Macaw Tower - Details


This large, 5-person professional tower stands in open country, allowing the smooth grass and the forest line on the horizon to provide you with perfect, homogenous background for photography. The hide was specifically built for the endangered and breathtaking Hyacinth Macaw, which are attracted to the dry trees in front of you by their natural food: palm seeds. We usually have half a dozen or so at any time, but groups of up to 30 or more individuals are also not uncommon. Many raptors and smaller songbird species, as well as the occasional Toco Toucan also visit this hide.
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
White Woodpecker (Melanerpes candidus)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Chopi Blackbird (Gnorimopsar chopi)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Vulture hides Pousada Xaraes, Estrada Parque, Brazil Book now
We built 5 different hides for vulture photography at this location. Each of these are for one person at a time, which means you have a great array of options for different angles and light directions when you are deciding which of the 5 cabins you are intending to use for the day. The vultures are attracted by leftover meat and bones, which is as close to their natural feed as possible. Most frequent are Black and Turkey Vultures, but King Vultures also appear, as well as large numbers of Crested and other Caracara species. Details >>
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
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Vulture hides - Details


We built 5 different hides for vulture photography at this location. Each of these are for one person at a time, which means you have a great array of options for different angles and light directions when you are deciding which of the 5 cabins you are intending to use for the day. The vultures are attracted by leftover meat and bones, which is as close to their natural feed as possible. Most frequent are Black and Turkey Vultures, but King Vultures also appear, as well as large numbers of Crested and other Caracara species.
Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Forest Drinking Stations Pousada Xaraes, Estrada Parque, Brazil Book now
A few months after the last floods have receded, the Pantanal becomes extremely dry, providing great opportunities for our most popular and well-tested form of photography: drinking station hides in the forested areas. We have built two different drinking stations here, in two different forest patches, each of them with their own list of species that frequent them. Both hides can comfortably seat 3 photographers at a time and on a dry day, each of them are visited by over 40 incredible species of birds, as well as a dozen or more mammals, potentially including the rare Giant Anteater and even the elusive Jaguar! Details >>
Orange-backed Troupial (Icterus croconotus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Brazilian Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Ring-tailed Coati (Nasua nasua)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)Copyright © Csaba Godeny
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Forest Drinking Stations - Details


A few months after the last floods have receded, the Pantanal becomes extremely dry, providing great opportunities for our most popular and well-tested form of photography: drinking station hides in the forested areas. We have built two different drinking stations here, in two different forest patches, each of them with their own list of species that frequent them. Both hides can comfortably seat 3 photographers at a time and on a dry day, each of them are visited by over 40 incredible species of birds, as well as a dozen or more mammals, potentially including the rare Giant Anteater and even the elusive Jaguar!
Bare-faced Curassow (Crax fasciolata)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Blue-throated Piping Guan (Pipile cumanensis)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Gray-necked Wood-rail (Aramides cajanea)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Pale-crested Woodpecker (Celeus lugubris)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Red-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Rufous Cacholote (Pseudoseisura unirufa)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Great Rufous Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes major)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Great Antshrike (Taraba major)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Chalk-browed Mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Pale-breasted Thrush (Turdus leucomelas)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Purplish Jay (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Yellow-billed Cardinal (Paroaria capitata)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo)
September-November, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
White-bellied Seedeater (Sporophila leucoptera)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Sayaca Tanager (Thraupis sayaca)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Grayish Saltator (Saltator coerulescens)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Solitary Black Cacique (Cacicus solitarius)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Epaulet Oriole (Icterus cayanensis)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Orange-backed Troupial (Icterus croconotus)
September-November, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Brazilian Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina)
September-November, Daily
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Ring-tailed Coati (Nasua nasua)
September-November, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Tayra (Eira barbara)
September-November, Weekly
Copyright © Csaba Godeny