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A lifetime dream came true for us in November, 2013 when we took an absolutely fabulous Lindblad/National Geographic Cruise on the ship Explorer to Antarctica, Falkland Island and South Georgia. To show the popularity of this venue, we had to make reservations over a year ahead of time to get the cabin we wanted.
To keep things simple, I have divided our trip into two sub-web sites:
ComingsBirds.com/Antarctica which is really
ComingsBirds.com/Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South Georgia.
For those wishing a quick tour the following SLIDESHOWS will help:
For /Argentina: ARGENTINA BIRDS SLIDESHOW
For /Antarctica: ANTARCTICA BIRDS SLIDESHOW, SEALS SLIDESHOW, ICE AND ICEBERGS SLIDESHOW, AND EXPLORER SLIDESHOW.
For those interested in more depth, the individual birds and seals have their own page.
Nov 6th, 2013. As has been my habit on birding trips I often first visit the local zoo. This gives me a chance to get great photos of birds I might not otherwise see and get my camera warmed up. Thus, my visit to the Buenos Aires Zoo yielded photos of the beautiful Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Blue and Yellow Tanager, great close-ups of the magnificent Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Solitary Black Cacique*, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Guira Cuckoo*, Black-backed Grosbeak, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Red-backed Hawk, Southern Lapwing*, Southern Screamer and Rusty-collared Seedeater. I have also included a photo of the South American Anteater.
Those with an * were later seen on my visit to the Otamendi Reserve and I have previously seen the Black-chested Buzzard Eagle high in the air in Lima Peru and the Yellow-billed Cardinal on the Big Island in Hawaii.
Nov 7th. Almost a year before the trip I visited the BirdingPal.com website and made arrangements for Diego Gallegos to be our bird guide for a day. He was great and I have included his photo.
He took us to the Reserva Natural Otamendi just north of Buenos Aires for birding from 8 AM until the rain drove us out in the mid-afternoon. There we saw the White-winged Becard, Chimango Caracara, Bay-winged Cowbird, Browed Mockingbird, Eared Dove, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Rufus Hornero, Glittering-bellied Hummingbird, Gilded Hummingbird, Brown and Yellow Marshbird, Brown-chested Martin, Browed Mockingbird, Monk Parakeet, Black-chinned Siskin, Hooded Siskin, Rufus-collared Sparrow, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Rufus-bellied Thrush, Cattle Tyrant, Speckled Tyrant, Giant Wood Rail, Green-barred Woodpecker and Masked Yellowthroat.
That evening we were guests of Fernanda, a long-time friend of Sally’s, who lives in Argentina. She took us to Gran Café Tortoni, an old French Restaurant with a Tango show in the basement. The latter was a great introduction to real Tango dancers.
Nov 8th included a tour of Buenos Aires and an evening get together for the members of the Tour.
Nov 9th. After a chartered flight to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, we boarded bus for a brief tour through the Tierra del Fuego National Park followed by a catamaran tour of the Tierra del Fuego area giving great views of several “Shag Rocks.” The birds of most interest were the Black-faced Ibis, Crested Duck, Upland Goose, Dolphin Gull, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Rock Shag. Since the other Shags were also seen on the Antarctic Cruise I have included them in that website. We also saw the Red Fox and his photo is included.
Items in capitol letters such as BUENOS AIRES, TIERRA DEL FEUGO, and USHUAIA are for non-animal items of interest with maps and views of the area.
The catamaran ended up at the Ushuaia dock where we boarded the Lindblad/National Geographic Explorer, our home for the next 20 days.
TO SEE THE BIRD PHOTOS ENLARGED ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGE, CLICK ON THE FIRST PHOTO AND THEN CLICK NEXT
I acknowledge Wikipedia for species names, ranges and other data.