Friday, 18 December 2015

Chile Day 6 - 18 December 2015, Torres del Paine


Today we woke up in the most beautiful of locations, Torres del Paine National Park.  Stunningly, snow capped  granite mountains and turquoise fjords made this place really awesome.

First was a drive to try for Austral Rail, keeping our eyes peeled for Puma, with no apparent luck.  Then suddenly Rodrigo saw a Japanese birder he knew filming up on the hillside above the road.  He stopped to see if they were looking at anything interesting.  Within 30 seconds we were clambering up the steep slope and then being rewarded by two Puma not far from us, which we watched for about an hour.  This park is the only reliable place in the world for Puma but is still rarely seen.


Puma, Torres del Paine, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Rodrigo Silva of Albatross Birding Tours


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


We spent the rest of the day birding in this beautiful National Park, surrounded by glaciers.  We felt really high up but most of the time we were only at 500 metres, with the tops if the glaciers being at 2500 metres.




Torres del Paine, Chile
Photo taken by Rodrigo Silva of Albatross Birding Tours



Torres del Paine, Chile
Photo taken by Rodrigo Silva of Albatross Birding Tours

After a full day of birding, we travelled back to Puerto Natales for the night.  It had been another long day but a brilliant one.  Puma, nothing can be better here.



Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig


Best birds and animals of the day:

Great Shrike Tyrant
Spectacled Duck
Austral Rail
Yellow-bridled Finch              
2 Puma


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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