Thursday, 31 December 2015

Chile Day 10 – 31 December 2015 Altos de Lircay National Park

This morning we were up at 5.30 am for a 6.00 am breakfast. Normally this would be OK, but this morning after two nights lacking in sleep, I felt exhausted most of the morning.

We spent the morning birding Altos de Lircay National Park. We saw Chilean Pigeon around the lodge but despite hours of trying, missed our main target Patagonian Tyrant.  Other good birds were Austral Parakeet and Patagonian Sierra Finch.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Altos de Lircay National Park
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Altos de Lircay National Park
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Altos de Lircay National Park

Patagonian Sierra Finch

We then set out for our long drive to Temuco, stopping for Burrowing Parrot on the way, which were colourful and easy to see.

Burrowing Parrot

Burrowing Parrot

We arrived in Temuca early evening and went straight to Cerro Nielol National Park where we saw Rufous-tailed Hawk at the nest and Des Murs' Wiretail.

Rufous-tailed Hawk, Cerro Nielol National Park

We managed to get back to the hotel for dinner and get another quite late night.  Happy New Year everyone.

Best birds of the day:

Burrowing Parakeet
Chilean Pigeon
Chilean Flicker
Patagonian Sierra Finch
Austral Parakeet
Chestnut-throated Whet Whet
Rufous-tailed Hawk
Des Murs' Wiretail
Slender billed Parakeet

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent. 

Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol 2015 Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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