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Day 1 (Sunday, 20
th)

     Buenos Aires

 

 

Map of Buenos Aires

 

While the objective of the trip was to visit the Argentinian and Chilean areas of Patagonia, the early morning arrival of our third flight into Buenos Aires (landed 1.15am) meant that a day in the capital before flying down to El Calafate was a sensible option. The arranged itinerary was for a morning off, and then an afternoon guided tour to look at the city sites, but the local agent hadnít quite read the communications correctly, and had us slotted in for a 9.30 pickup. After we impressed on her that this wasnít going to happen, she agreed to try to rearrange for later (not easy for a Sunday and at this time in the early hours), and the following morning came back with a 3pm pickup. The tour itself was the predictable drive around the city sites, with a little walking time, but the many parks dotted around produced copious Eared Doves, lesser numbers of Rufous-bellied Thrushes, and sporadic hirundines. A highlight in the centre of the city was a family of Rufous Horneros on a small patch of grass, where a single Cattle Tyrant also appeared.

The morning was more interesting from a birding perspective, since we left the hotel post breakfast for a 3 hour stretch of our legs, heading away from the closed in Spanish style streets around the hotel to head for the more open Puerto Madero district. This is a reclaimed old port developed into a modern surround of shops, bars, offices and apartments. The beauty if it is that it still has an open channel separating from the mainland, connected by short bridges. The most obvious birds are flocks of parrots noisily flying overhead (mostly Monk Parakeets, but there seemed to be more different special shapes amongst them), and the hirundines hawking and probably nest prospecting around the water. Most obvious species were Brown-chested Martin, White-rumped & Blue-and-White Swallows, but others may also have been amongst. On a very small circle of greenery on one of the bridges was a pair of Rufous Horneros. Apart from a few Neotropic Cormorants in the water, the only other bit of excitement was a few feeding Chalk-browed Mockingbirds and Shiny Cowbirds in a small park alongside the restaurants.

Another walk around this district on the last morning at the end of the holiday not only found a similar mix of these species, but also added in Great Kiskadee, Grey-breasted Martin, Green-barred Woodpecker and a pair of Roadside Hawks overhead.

Shiny Cowbird Brown-chested Martin Cattle Tyrant
Shiny Cowbird Brown-chested Martin Cattle Tyrant
Chalk-browed Mockingbird Eared Dove Great Kiskadee
Chalk-browed Mockingbird Eared Dove Great Kiskadee
Grey-breasted Martin Monk Parakeet Neotropic Cormorant
Grey-breasted Martin Monk Parakeet Neotropic Cormorant
Picazuro Pigeon Rufous Hornero White-rumped Swallow
Picazuro Pigeon Rufous Hornero White-rumped Swallow

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