The jaguar in the wetlands of Brazil

A jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil.

Once heavily hunted as a trophy and for its coat, the jaguar (here, in the forests of the Pantanal) is now a protected species.

Jaguar tourism in the rivers of the Pantanal is popular. Here, Aditya "Dicky" Singh, above right, with his associate in the Cuiaba river.

Aditya Singh in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, photographing tigers.

A jaguar making a splash in the Cuiaba river in the Pantanal.

Tourist guides and other local people in the Pantanal see the jaguar as harmless and the "epitome of innocence".

At sunset in the wetlands spread over an estimated area of 15,000 square kilometres in Brazil and extending into Bolivia and Paraguay.

A jaguar cooling off in the Cuiaba.

A jaguar attacking a caiman in the Cuiaba.

Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) flying around a Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), said to be the largest rodent in the world, in the Cuiaba at sunset.

A pair of Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), a large stork common in the Pantanal.

A male ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata).

A female ringed kingfisher, which is more colourful than the male.

A hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) nesting in a tree hole in the Pantanal.

The hyacinth macaw is the largest of the macaws and can grow up to one metre in length. Here, roosting on a tree in the Pantanal.

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A jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil.
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