Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, February 1, 2018
Soy beans are a big crop in this area and a neighbouring field has been desicated. They get 3 crops/year-
From the hostel, Wiebke and I walked about 400 meters to catch the free bus that took us to the main road. There, we took another bus to Iguazu Falls. The place is swarming with coati- rat like, raccoon like, yuck like varmits, looking for food because stupid tourists have obviously fed them. They come in all sizes and absolutely gross me out. Their noses, their tails.... Yuck-
After, we went for lunch and a coati jumped up on to our table and attacked Weibke's burger and fries! It flipped the tray so all the food was on the ground and the gang had a hey day eating! That freaked us out but apparently it's normal. A man walks around with a metal can attached to the end of a broom handle, scraping it on the tile floor. It makes a horrible noise but scares them away. Sometimes he can't keep up and they get the meal they're after. Weibke got her meal replaced for free.
After lunch, I went to Parque das Aves, which is a bird sanctuary. 50% of the birds come from rescues and 43% were born in the park. There are 1901 species of birds in Brazil.
Scarlet Ibis live for 30 years, lay 1-3 eggs and eat crustaceans. They are a very bright color of orange-
I also saw a Southern Cassowary. There are only 3 species of cassowary and they're related to ostriches, rheas, emus and the little kiwi. They all have the same feature- they can't fly. Their strong feet and wings are their main form of defence. They are capable of killing a man but are only agressive when cornered or defending their chicks. They have the lowest frequency sound amongst all birds. They live alone and only find another when it's time to mate. The male hatches the eggs and takes care of the chicks-
Macaws: their colors are so vibrant. It was feeding time in the cage so they were flying wildly all over the place, swooping low towards us. People were screaming and jumping out of the way-
Ana is a red fan parrot-
Rico is a blue winged macaw. They live 50-60 years, eat fruit and their population is declining due to a loss of habitat and trafficking-
Gray Crowned Crane live for 25 years, lay 2 eggs and eat insects, leaves, seeds, rodents, amphibians and reptiles I love its head-
Two women balanced 6 wine bottles on their heads. This is a Paraguay tradition-