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Just a few years ago the idea of photographing a wild jaguar barely passed through my mind. I have been to the Amazon Rainforest over 30 times, and several times to other wilderness areas of Brazil and abroad... and only saw glimpses of jaguars twice. The great cat of the new world remained a mistery, almost a legend.

Fortunately today things are different and a new frontier in jaguar photography is arising. So much that I now offer a jaguar photography tour... when I would have imaged that? Anyway, on my last tour a couple weeks ago we photographed several different cats, but this female gave us quite a show. We were following her location for much of the day, when she pretty much did nothing but slept and walked a bit. Later in the day though, with a rainstorm approaching, she decided it was time to hunt, and started walking the shorelines and enterning the water in search of caiman, a crocodilian that forms a bit of a staple in jaguar's diet in the Pantanal during the dry season.

Eventually she climbed this large dead tree and started doing all sorts of things, like posing for us! I loved this position, as if stalking a prey just before poucing on it. Just amazing. We left under some light rain, exhilirated by the encounter, our memory cards full. Days like this last forever.

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