Odonates from Mato Grosso and southern Para, Amazonian Brazil, November 2008 :
From November 12 - 24, 2008 Sheridan and I were on a birding trip to south-central Brazil, and while there I tried to photograph every odonate that came my way. Sites visited were:
A small clear flowing forest stream on the Chapada dos Guimaraes - a spectacular sandstone outcrop east of Cuiaba the captial of Mato Grosso state (= CDG).
Along the banks and within half-a-mile of the Rio Azul at Pousada Rio Azul in southern Para state c. 4 hours by vehicle north of Alta Floresta, northern Mato Grosso state (=PRA).
Roadside swampy ponds with riparian edges in mostly cleared ranchland between Rio Azul and Rio Cristalino (=RSP).
Along the Rio Cristalino and in forest within half-a-mile of the river at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, northernmost Mato Grosso state (=CJL).
Along a forested road close to the banks of the Rio Teles Pirres near Cristalino Jungle Lodge (=RTP).
NOTE: The numbers assigned on this page to each entry correspond to those used in the image filenames; entries are grouped as best I can by morphological type and therefore are not in numerical order:
05): in waist-high vegetation next to a clear flowing small stream under the canopy of primary forest at CDG.
11): perched in sunlit patch along roadside under unbroken canopy forest on slopes of CDG; same as 05 above? - the females look rather different...
A presumed female:
08): perched 4 - 8 feet up on the side of viney tangle in trees along bank of the river at PRA; I saw two males at this spot.
25): perched on dead leaves and directly on the surface of a very large rocky outcrop on the edge of the River at CJL - this seems to be the same taxon as 08) above.
17): on tall grass next to a shaded patch of water along the wooded edge of large RSP not far from Teles Pirres River in northernmost Mato Grosso.