Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
- Arriving at the airport at five in the morning we had to wait a couple of hours to pick up the car and decided to walk around the airport itself, see what gives. In the carpark itself we had Austral Thrush, Austral Negrito, Rufous-Collared Sparrow, Black-Faced Ibis and, most remarkably of all a very tame pair of Least Seedsnipe. Amazing start even before picking up the car...Dave Langlois reports.
to bottom 24 in days.
- Maybe it should be stated up front
that it does not have a huge bird list, particularly by South
American standards – only some 450 species or thereabouts. But
this turns out to be a trifling quibble. What the country
does have is a diverse avifauna full of specialty birds, many
of them quite spectacular...Paul Prevett reports
- The large, reedy
pool just below the entrance gate was a particularly worthwhile
stop, with yellow-winged blackbird, sedge wren, Chilean pigeon,
scale-throated earthcreeper and a Patagonian fox stalking the
outside the gate we had the last of the guanacos, another cinereous
harrier and our best views of Darwin’s rheas....Julian
and Sandra Hughes report
- After visiting Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego in January
2004, a two week trip to Chile seemed the natural next step,
in terms of a gentle introduction to South American birding.
As we had visited the far south during our Argentina trip, we
limited our time in Chile to northern and central areas...Alex Bevan reports
- This is a report on birding in central Chile. It concentrates
on logistical information and updates on established sites
and information on sites not covered in Pearman's or Wheatley's
guides or trip reports available on the Web,
particularly Conguillío National Park and Radal-Siete
Tazas National Reserve....Stephen Greenfield reports.
- This trip covers a 15-day trip to
Chile taken by Wim Heylen and David Van den Schoor. Our main
aim was to see all the mainland endemics, all possible future-splits
and a good variety of typical Andean birds. We didn’t make
any plan to visit Patagonia because most specialities are much
more easy to see on the Argentinean side...David
Van den Schoor reports
Chile (inc. Easter Island)
- Chile is a great place to go birding- the
scenery is spectacular, the people friendly and the country has
something of a European feel. Learning a little Spanish helps
as many people do not speak much English. There are some great
birds and finding most of the goodies is reasonably straightforward....Neil
- Chile was a destination which Sara and I
had fancied for many years - the combination of good birding with
lots of Chilean and Patagonian endemics, and a modern infrastructure
combined with superb scenery added up to a total experience which
seemed hard to beat....Gruff Dodd reports.
- With Glenn Scherf, we flew from Santiago
to Arica, where he hired a vehicle, for the northern sector. A
second vehicle was hired in Santiago for the central sector. Two
days of continuous rain towards the end of the trip scuttled plans
to visit El Yeso and limited observations at La Campana....Greg
- We started out with a trip to Embolso El
Yeso. On the way up we had great looks at the endemic Dusky-tailed
Canastero. The highlight was three Diademed Sandpiper-Plovers.
Another great lifer was Crag Chilia. We had stunning views of
6....John Penhallurick reports.
- We saw a pair of Magellanic Plover, even
finding their nest containing a single large green egg speckled
with brown, on Laguna Cisnes adjacent to the Km19 post north of
Porvenir. Magellanic Plover is classified as Near-threatened by
BirdLife (2000) .....David Cooper reports
- Iquique is seldom visited by birders (I haven't
found any tripreport so far). I fell in love with the place due
to it's mild climate, its great food, its friendly people and
the good quality birding I did here during those six visits.
It's that kind of area "where there is always something to see"...Ignaas
and Chile (and Brazil)
- The following day we went made our way to
the Iguazu Falls. We first took a short boat ride to see the
Devil's Throat (the most powerful part of the falls). On the
way I picked up Olivaceous Cormorant and White-winged Swallow
as well as the large numbers of Black Vultures rising on the updrafts
created by the falls. From the look-out over the Devil's Throat
we could view Great Dusky Swift shooting in and out from behind
the falls...Saul Cowen reports.
- As a side trip from his Bolivia trip,
John van der Woude made a short excursion into Northernmost
Chile, a great area ranging from coastal desert to extreme highlands.
Trip report: Chile
This is a report of the trip of Peter
Browne of Ottawa and Han Spoel of Toronto, Canada, written
by Peter. I am a keen, long-time, listing birder, and Han is
just getting into the sport. I had wanted to visit Chile (my
100th country) for many years, mainly because of the chance
to see six families of birds which were missing from my life
list: Diving-Petrels, Magellanic Plover, Seedsnipes, Sheathbills,
Tapaculos, and Plantcutters.
- Between January 24th and February
14th 1998 I visited Chile....The itinerary was cunningly
planned and while visiting nice places, I made it possible to
see all 10 Chilean endemics plus the most wanted charadrid in
South America, the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover....Jan van der