Been away for a month with Lizy in Argentina and on a big boat to Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Photos and words won’t give you a sense of this epic trip but here is a short round up and a few highlights. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet and I’ll try not to plaster the blog with too many penguin photos and long lists of birds.
Buenos Aires & Costanera Sur. 14th-16th Dec
Bird species- 64 (give or take a few)
I would like to say Buenos Aires was a beautiful city with friendly people and a relaxed, chilled atmosphere, rich in culture and splendour but it was actually a bit of a dump! (the bits we visited anyway).
On the edge of the city however is a cracking spot, Costanera Sur; Ecological Reserve. This is an area of lowland on the Rio de la Plata riverbank and includes habitat such as; grassland, marsh, bog, lagoons and shore. It was a great place to escape the busy city and go birding. We spent several days here exploring the trails and skipped on most of the city sights.
|Costanera Sur tracks|
Bird highlights were Chequered and Green-barred woodpeckers, Spectacled Tyrant, Grey-necked wood rail, Fork-tailed flycatcher, Epaulet oriole, Black-and-rufous warbling finch, Masked yellowthroat, White-winged coot, Red-fronted coot, Red-gartered coot White-tufted grebe, Red-crested cardinal, Guira Cuckoo, Masked Gnatcatcher… and the list goes on. An additional highlight was finding wild Guinea pigs.
|Great kiskadee... destroying a frog|
|Bloody boiling! (Chalk-browed mockingbird on me finger)|
|Public toilets got a rating of 1/10|