Chile Day 10 – 31st December 2015 – Altos de Lircay National Reserve

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 of lacking sleep, I felt exhausted most of the morning.

We spent the morning birding at 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 Temuco 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

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