Chile - some coastal birding

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4 years 7 months ago #86149 by nkgray
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Last Saturday I spent a full day birding on and near the coast some 100km west of Santiago, visiting the estuary of the Rio Maipo, the man-made Cartagena Lagoon and the natural El Peral Lagoon. The last venue is run by the Chilean equivalent of the Parks Board and has a number of viewing platforms, many now rather "high and dry" after several years of a drought cycle here in Chile. The objective as you might have gathered was shorebirds, waders and waterfowl.

I had a very successful day adding 10 lifers to my world list, 11 species to my Chile list and 12 to my Photographic list, and with a total of 73 species for the day my most productive day so far in Chile.

There are too many photos for just one batch so I will split them between 4 separate postings.

To begin, some of the "others" that do not fit into the shorebirds, waders or waterfowl categories.

A pair of flycatchers -

Fire-eyed Diucon

Patagonian Tyrant - a winter visitor, as the name suggests, from southern Chile.

A Furnarid or "oven-bird' - Grey-flanked Cinclodes

A Cotinga - the Rufous-tailed Plancutter, adult male and immature male

A bunting, the mis-named Rufous-collared Sparrow

A male Yellow-winged Blackbird

Turkey Vulture

Burrowing Owl


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