Jungle (1of2): Boat, Birds sightseeing and Cayman hunt

One hour drive from Cayenne, and off we go to a boat excursion over the Approuague river, in the commune of Régina. The protected Marshes of Caw.

Either we were late, or the guide was not ready yet 🙂 I must said that the Yamaha motor did an outstanding job. And we had spare gasoline yes xD

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OPEN RIVER EXCURSION

The first excursion was in “open river”, still not really raining.

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We saw lot of cattle dispersed.

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Along the river, you come across other tourists boats, massive, or tailored trips like for fishing.

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The guide spoke such a kind of local french that our colleague from Paris struggled quite at the beginning.

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The experienced guide told us all the time, where to look at. One has to train the eye to see birds in the bushes..In fact, spotting a big variety of birds was the great fun and highlight of the excursion ! Here some examples. I reckon, the TC 2x on my 70-200mm was a kicker !! I could sub-order each bird in class and family, but maybe in next blog entry 🙂

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We thought for 12 hours that Mucu-Mucu was a bird (next 2 pics) and really it sounds like a bird !! in fact turned out to be a plant :(. For us stayed a nice bird !

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Their nests being a variety of forms and distributions…

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All in all, after 2 hours and already heading home, we were having fun:

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And then, like in he comics, no warning, a massive pour-down of water, the universal deluge, a flood of water down to us.

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One even lost his cap… yes we turned back to get it !!. My camera rain-forest-cover played his first game.

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After that, boat took us to our Jungle-Village (dedicated report, next entry)

 

NIGHT EXCURSION: CAYMAN HUNT

 

The guide prepared himself for his highlight “Cayman hunt”.

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Believe it or not, with bare hands, splash in the water and took out caymans just like that.

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Then he PASSED IT AROUND.  The ladies refused. The trick being of course, pressing down the jaws and holding its tail strongly. The second pic is a cayman of roughly 4 months old

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After all hold or at least touched the reptile and felt the expensive-Women-bag touch, the animal was thrown back in the water

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We came across other similar Cayman sightseeing excursion, but their guide didn’t catch as many and as big as ours of course 🙂

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In the second and final blog entry, details on the Caw settlement (cant be called even a village) where we spent the night. Bis dann !

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