WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Behaviours Mammals

Chris Brunskill, UK

The Bigger Bite

Perching in a small motor boat on a fast-flowing river, Chris steadied his long lens on this battle. The jaguar had come across the yacaré caiman by chance – accidentally stepping on the reptile after a failed charge at a capybara. Without hesitation the jaguar pounced, overcoming its monstrously large prey in minutes.

The yacaré caiman and jaguar are both top predators in the Pantanal Wetlands, and struggles like this are not unusual. Though excellent swimmers, jaguars tend to stalk or ambush their prey on the ground, subduing them with their formidable bite. After they have delivered their final blow, they will often drag carcasses to shelter to enjoy their meal in peace.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + 400mm f2.8 lens; 1/2000 sec at f4; ISO 640

Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil: latitude -17.171223, longitude -56.614853 Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil: latitude -17.171223, longitude -56.614853

Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil

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Chris Brunskill

Chris Brunskill, UK

Chris is a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has photographed tigers extensively in Ranthambore National Park, India, for the past two decades. He has also worked on various book, film and television projects in that time. More recently Chris has been focusing on wild jaguars and has led small trips to the Pantanal in Brazil.