Storks and Jaguars

Storks and Jaguars

‘In striking contrast to these dark, rolling forests, is the vivid, light green and cheerful foliage of the woods on the numerous islets which rest like water-gardens on the surface of the lake. Flocks of ducks, storks, and snow-white herons inhabit these islets….’ Walter Henry Bates

“After walking about half a mile we came upon a dry watercourse, where we observed, first, the old foot-marks of a tapir, and soon after, on the margins of a curious circular hole full of muddy water, the fresh tracks of a jaguar….A few steps further on we saw the mangled remains of an alligator. The head, forequarters, and bony shell were the only parts which remained; but the meat was quite fresh, and there were many footmarks of the jaguar around the carcass- so that there was no doubt this had formed the solid part of the animals breakfast,’ Walter Henry Bates

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