Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Chile Day 3 - 15 December 2015, Tierra del Fuego



Having not had enough sleep for 3 nights, I was feeling a bit tired this morning when I was woken up at 6.00 am.  We did some sea watching for an hour in Punto Arenas before boarding our ferry to Tierra  del Fuego, from which we looked for sea birds for the two hour crossing.  We saw lots of Black-Browed Albatrosses and one Magellanic Penguin. Although it was fantastic to see an albatross, I was hoping for a different albatross as I had seen Black-browned Albatross already in the UK.

After the ferry, we birded in the barren Tierra  del Fuego, which means island of fire.  We visited a lagoon north of the only town Porvenir, called Laguna Verde.  Here we eventually got fantastic views of our target wader, the Magellanic Plover. This bird is vulnerable with little known about.  A recent ringing (banding) programme has started which is being funded by my friends at Waderquest, Rick and Elis Simpson.  It felt awesome to see a rare bird that they were helping.



Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig watching Magellanic Plover on Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Rodrigo Silva, Albatross Birding Tours


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Rodrigo Silva, Albatross Birding Tours


Magellanic Plover
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig


Magellanic Plover
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Our hotel for the next two nights was lovely, in a converted old wooden house, which could have been in New England or Shetland.



Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig



Best birds of the day:

Flying Steamer Duck
Crested Duck
Magellenic Penguin
Black-browed Albatross 
Southern Giant Petrel
White-chinned Petrel
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm Petrel
Magellanic Diving-petrel
Chillian Skua
Magellanic Plover
Hudsonian Godwit



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 is looking forward to watching Penguins in Antarctica in a week (arriving on 22 December 2015), which will be 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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