Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Chile Day 4 - 16 December 2015, Tierra del Fuego


Today we were being guided again my Rodrigo Silva from Albatross Birding Tours who is a great guide with perfect English.

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

This morning we had a lie-in, meeting for breakfast at 7 am. We then drove south to a King Penguin reserve.  King Penguin are huge at almost 1 metre and it was unbelievable to see 130 birds at this 10 year old colony.  I've seen two species of penguin before but these were something else. It was an awesome experience to see such massive and beautiful penguins and in such a large group.



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


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


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at a King Penguin colony, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


We carried on birding our way back to Porvenir, seeing some new birds on the steppe on the way back.  One stop had an official car park and was full of litter.  So we found a big sack and filled it with all the plastic and cans we could find.  That was a good deed done, if only a small one.



Chilean Flamingo, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Rodrigo Silva, Albatross Birding Tours


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



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


Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig, looking for Refous-chested Dotterel, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig


Back in Porvenir we bumped into Fernando Diaz, our guide for the last section of our trip, who was with a Canadian couple who Rodrigo had guided before us.  It’s always nice to meet a guide beforehand.


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


Rodrigo Silva and Fernando Diaz both of Albatross Birding, Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Best birds of the day:
Ashy-headed Duck
King Penguin
Rufous-chested Dotterel
White-bridled Finch
Fire-eyed Duicon

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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