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Day 6 (Friday 25
th)

     Walk West of Los Torres Hotel to Tarn


Tarn Walk

With a courtesy bus to the departure gate at 2pm, this morning’s walk had to be considerably shorter than yesterday’s trek, and the hike directly to the West of the hotel, which rounded a tarn above the main lake suited ideally. In all, 5 miles were covered in a gentle stroll over four and a half hours, with a few impressive additions around the tarn. After a very early Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle overhead, the Torrent Ducks of the previous evening were absent. Today we ignored the path up the valley to the right and continued through much flatter terrain surrounded by low matted vegetation. Outside of the ubiquitous Rufous-collared Sparrows, the odd Long-tailed Meadowlark was of interest, with what could only be Scale-throated Earthcreeper flying over. The short “ascent” to the tarn was preceded by a brief Dark-bellied Cinclodes, a small group of Black-faced Ibis in a greened area, with the only Guanacos seen in the park on the horizon.

The tarn was of a reasonable size, with the main lake below and in the distance. From our first viewpoint above, a couple of Red-gartered Coots were dragging themselves across the width, and a pair of Flying Steamer Ducks had a couple of ducklings. Walking closer to the water, a pair of Ashy-headed Geese were tucked into a hidden corner of the water. As we circumnavigated the tarn, a Fire-eyed Diucon was seen in the open, and a Chilean Flicker landed in a tree just above us. Passing the bridge over the river towards the hotel again found no Torrent Ducks.

Tarn walk Tarn walk Ashy-headed Goose
Low bushes before ascent to tarn Tarn with Lago Nordenskjörld in background Ashy-headed Goose
Austral Blackbird Austral Negrito Black-faced Ibis
Austral Blackbird Austral Negrito Black-faced Ibis
Chilean Flicker Fire-eyed Diucon Flying Steamer Duck
Chilean Flicker Fire-eyed Diucon Flying Steamer Duck
Grey-chested Buzzard Eagle House Wren Red-gartered Coot
Black-chested Buzzard Eagle House Wren Red-gartered Coot

     Puerto Natales

After a less than 2 hours bus journey to Puerto Natales, we walked along the waterfront for a little way. This is limited to the South by the ferry terminal, but the shore edge can be followed for some way to the North. This is well worthwhile, and turned up some different more maritime specialties than the interior. Black-necked Swans were numerous, many pairs also towing cygnets. Amongst them were Spectacled Duck and Chiloe Wigeon, with a few Yellow-billed Pintail for good measure. A dilapidated pier initially held good numbers of Imperial Shags. Amongst the quite common Brown-hooded Gulls were a few Dolphin Gulls and a couple of South American Terns. Two Chilean Skuas were an extra bonus.

Puerto Natales Puerto Natales Black-necked Swan
Puerto Natales to the South Puerto Natales to the North Black-necked Swan
Chilean Skua Chiloe Wigeon Crested Duck
Chilean Skua Chiloe Wigeon Crested Duck
Dolphin Gull Imperial Shag South American Tern
Dolphin Gull Imperial Shag South American Tern

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