This lovely Mimus saturninus was very vocal in Buenos Aires’s Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve. It’s great place to walk and go birding, and it was a marvellous start to our trip to Antarctica, almost three years ago.
It’s a slightly odd picture of a Zonotrichia capensis, but unfortunately I didn’t have much time. When we were in Tierra del Fuego, we only spent a few minutes at a lovely lake bordering Argentina and Chile in the National Park near Ushuaia. So I’m very glad I saw at least the sparrow’s back.
This family of Cygnus melancoryphus was frolicking in a river in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. I only saw them from a bus, hence the blurry photo. But since they are the biggest waterfowl in South America, you can still see the three distinct colours in the adults.
The Caracara plancus here I saw near the Rio de la Plata in a small nature reserve in Buenos Aires.
It seems, that this is actually one of the few species that benefits from deforestation.
Ushuaia as seen from aboard. The sign in front of the buildings translates as ‘Capital of the Falkland Islands’.
Actually, before we went on board we spent a couple of hours in the Tierra del Fuego National Park near Ushuaia. It’s very close to the Argentinian-Chilean border, so some of the mountains in the picture are on the Chilean shores of the lake. If you can’t see the mountains, it’s because of the rain clouds.
Other species inlcuded Upland Geese, Caracara, different kinds of ducks and a handful of singing birds.
This Patagonian Sierra Finch was also willing to have his picture taken.
We saw a beaver, too and a couple of Gray Foxes. Pics might appear in due course on www.chinese-poems.com/blog.
Tierra del Fuego calls itself the end of the world. Don’t know why – guys, there is another continent right on your doorstep! Anyway, this is what the end of the Pan-Amercian Highway looks like. More than 17000km from here to Alaska, or two days on the Drakes Passage down to Antarctica.