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Brazil's Wild Wet
AUGUST 2005
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Seasonal Feast
Photograph by Joel Sartore

With sharp eyes and bills, egrets converge on fish stranded in a shrinking pond. From about November to April, rains flood the Pantanal with a shallow sheet of water, and fish spread out across newly flooded lands. During the dry season the waters retreat, trapping aquatic life in pools and creating a feast for birds and other predators. With abundant food and diverse habitats, the Pantanal is home to more than 400 bird species.
Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F-5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 600mm f/4
Speed and F-Stop: Half second @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Before dawn
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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