Chile Day 4 – 16 December 2015 – Tierra del Fuego

Today we were being guided again by 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 Penguins are huge at almost 1 metre and it was unbelievable to see 130 birds in this 10 year old colony. I’ve seen two species of penguins before but these were something else. It was an awesome experience to see such massive and beautiful penguins 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

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