Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category
The Magellanic woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) is a very large woodpecker found along the Andes of Chile and Argentina. It is mainly pure black, with a white wing patch and a chisel-like beak. Males have a crimson head. Females have a mainly black head, but there is an area of red coloration near the base of the bill.
They made me a very happy camper.
(He was upside down!)
Caracaras are birds of prey in the family Falconidae.
A 3-hour bus ride took me from El Calafate to El Chalten, which is a mountain village. It’s part of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Los Glaciares National Park). A number of trails start here. The park is famous for its jagged mountain peaks and majestic glaciers. It is also home to many birds.
I hiked a couple of short trails—Chorrillo del Salto (A waterfall), Mirador De Los Condores and Mirador De Las Aguilas.
The sky was dark today, and the mountains were darker. I pray I’ll have better days to hike in this amazing park.
(Pichi or dwarf armadillo is a small armadillo native to Argentina and Chile)
I love taking pictures of birds. It’s not easy—one needs to be at the right time, right place, right lighting. Sometimes it’s frustrating, like trying to take a picture of this flock of Chilean Flamingos. They must party very late last night and just kept on sleeping. I waited over half an hour. Only one of them moved briefly, not long enough for me to take a good shot.
It’s fun, though, especially when I get lucky and capture something unexpected. One nice picture can keep me beaming for hours.
Recommended by the host of my hostel, I booked a cruise to see glaciers. The tour isn’t cheap, about $150. Most likely I’ll never come back here, so I booked it.
It was as lovely as the lady suggested. A boat took us through the Fjord of Ultima Esperanza. We saw a cormorant colony, a sea-lion colony, many waterfalls, and the majestic Monte Balmaceda Glacier (the mountain is 2035 meter high, and there are only a few cases of its ascent).
After 3.5 hours of sailing, we stopped at Puerto Toro and walked a short distance to the base of the Serrano Glacier. Both Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers are in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.
On our way back, we cocked at a ranch and had lunch there. The food was delicious. This boat trip reminded me of a similar cruise I took in Alaska.
Formerly a fishing port, Puerto Natales is a city in Chile’s southern Patagonia. It’s the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and the Patagonian fjords.
There are a lot of birds along the shoreline. I spent more than half a day taking pictures there.