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-browed 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 it. 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

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