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2014.07.22 16:47:08

Perched on a thorny bush, a Sedge Wren, Cistothorus platensis emits its territorial song to attract a mate for the season in Otway Sound, Magallanes, Chile.

Usually quite a discrete bird, its persistent, gurgling song reveals its presence in springtime.

 

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.07.21 18:43:02

Soaring majestically above the Patagonian Steppe, an Andean Condor, Vultur gryphus surveys the terrain for guanaco carcasses in Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile.

With a wingspan over 3m, second only to the great albatrosses, it is the largest terrestrial flying bird.

 

Andean Condor

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.07.04 16:50:21

Skimming the surface for plankton and other invertebrates, a pair of Andean Avocet, Recurvirostra andina feed at the Atacama Salt lake in Antofagasta, Chile.

A specialist of high Andean salt flats, this lean bird is a usual companion to flamingos and other birds from the Altiplano.

 

Andean Avocet, Recurvirostra andina, Antofagasta, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.07.01 20:47:21

A colourful Grumbler Lizard, genus Pristidactylus rests on a tree branch in Conguillio National Park, Araucanía, Chile.

Mostly an arboreal lizard, it is an endemic to the Chilean Temperate Rainforest.

 

Grumbler Lizard, genus Pristidactylus, Araucania, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
 

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.07.01 00:41:18

Holding some prey in the ground, probably a rodent or lizard, a Magellanic Horned Owl, Bubo magellanicus pauses to take a look around in the Patagonian steppe of Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Largest of American owls, it can take prey as large as rabbits or hares.

 

Magellanic Horned Owl, Bubo magellanicus, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
 

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions



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2014.06.27 17:56:52

Showing his striking facial pattern, a magnificent male White-bridled Finch Melanodera melanodera looks for food in the ground.

A specialist of old-growth Patagonian steppe grassland, its numbers are declining due mainly to shrinking habitat lost to sheep farming.

 

White-bridled Finch, Melanodera melanodera, Pali Aike, Magallanes, Chile © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions


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2014.06.26 16:30:34

Engaged in courtship, a pair of Red-legged Cormorant, Phalacrocorax gaimardi preen each other at the nest platform in a cliff in Aysen, Chile.

A bird distributed along the coast of southern South America, it is one of the most colourful of cormorants.

 

Red-legged Cormorant, Phalacrocorax gaimardi, Aysen, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.06.25 17:23:44

Pausing while grazing to look out for potential dangers, a pair of Ashy-headed Goose, Chloephaga poliocephala survey the grassy plain around.

A member of the South American sheldgeese group, it usually inhabits open forest edge.

 

Ashy-headed Goose, Chloephaga poliocephala, Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions 

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.06.24 16:55:01

Smelling the wind and alert to any threat, a Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk, Conepatus humboldti stands its ground in Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile.

One of the three skunks in the country, it feeds on invertebrates, rodents, lizards and bird´s chicks and eggs.

 

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk, Conepatus humboldti © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.06.23 17:00:41

Standing against the imposing Mount Licancabur in the background, a Giant Coot, Fulica gigantea stops for a moment while feeding on water plants in an Andean stream in Antofagasta, Chile.

One of the two largest coots, it is usually quite noisy, especially around breeding sites.

 

Giant Coot, Fulica gigantea, Antofagasta, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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