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2014.05.15 03:02:28

Shallow diving and feeding close to the surface, mainly on the huge swarms of krill so abundant in the Antarctic, a Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae skims the surface for prey.

The most abundant of baleen whales in the Antarctic Summer, humpbacks are slowly making a steady comeback a few decades after the banning of whaling in Antarctic waters.

 

Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae, Antarctic Peninsula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions



 

Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaengliae, Antarctic Peninsula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photos © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.05.15 02:57:32

Adopting a menacing posture, an adult Antarctic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis guards its nest site against any potential intruder with a loud honky warning call.

The only cormorant in the white continent, it is closely related to other southern hemisphere cormorants placed together in the so-called "blue-eyed shag" species complex.

 

Antarctic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis, Antarctic Peninsula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.05.15 02:39:18

Largest of all penguins, the Emperor, Aptenodytes forsteri is also one of the only two truly strictly Antarctic penguins, the other being the much smaller Adèlie.

Although they generally leave the rookeries for the ocean by Spring, a few can be found roaming around the coasts in Summer, especially young birds like the one in the photo. 

 

Emperor Penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri, Antarctic Peninsula © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.05.13 16:22:50

A perfectly clear sunrise unveils the beauty of Mount Fitz Roy (11,171 ft. / 3,505 m.), certainly one of the most iconic peaks of the whole southern Andes. It is located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, right on the border between Argentina and Chile. This granite pinnacle is also known as Cerro Chaltén, an Aonikenk (Tehuelche) word meaning ‘smoking mountain’ and remains as one of the world’s most challenging peaks to ascend; it was first climbed by French alpinist L. Terray and G. Magnone, in 1952. This image was taken near the village of El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina.

 

Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions.


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2014.05.13 03:46:20

Peeking into the outer world from the protection of its swampy home, a juvenile Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Tachuris rubrigastra briefly explores the surroundings before disappearing back into the safety of the reed bed and parental care in a river in Chiloe Island in Lake District, Chile.

A tiny and colourful tyrant flycatcher of wetlands, it is always a lovely spectacle to watch it moving and hunting among the vegetation.

 

juvenile Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Tachuris rubrigastra, Chiloe Island, Chile

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.05.13 03:37:58

Raising his tail before a deep dive, a male Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus disappears beneath the surface to hunt for squid in the cold waters of the Humboldt Current in the Pacific off the coast of Valparaíso, Chile.

Largest of toothed cetaceans, Sperm Whale was heavily hunted in the past for the precious ambergris, and was immortalized in literature by Hermann Melville in his timeless novel, Moby Dick.


Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, Valparaiso, Chile © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions


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2014.05.10 17:33:20

Showing its iridiscent chest in the sun, a Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris looks for invertebrates in the grass near some grazing cattle in the Lluta River valley, Arica, Northern Chile.

Placed in family Cuculidae, anis are massive-billed, dark cuckoos of open environments that are often found near livestock, as they prey upon insects flushed by the cattle.


Groove-billed Ani, Crotophaga sulcirostris © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions 


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2014.05.06 22:54:25

Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Sephanoides fernandensis © Enrique Couve, Far South ExpeditionsThe unique Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Sephanoides fernandensis, is an insular hummingbird restricted to only one island in the Juan Fernández Archipelago, nearly 700km off the coast of Chile. Classified as critically endangered, it is one of the most threatened birds in Chile and the world, due mainly to habitat degradation and the loss to introduced predators like cats over the centuries. It shows a marked sexual dimorphism, the male, like the bird in the picture being reddish, with iridescent crown and forehead, and the female blue and green with a white breast and iridescent head plumage. Conservation measures are being taken to try and avoid this beautiful hummingbird from joining the list of extinct species. This photograph was taken at Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile.

Photo © Enrique Couve, Far South Expeditions.


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2014.05.06 17:22:44

Mountain Viscacha, Lagidium viscacia. Salar de Surire, northern Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsThe Vizcacha, Lagidium viscacia, one of the biggest rodents in South America, is one of the great sightings in the northern Altiplano and Chilean Andes, where it lives in groups in rocky outcrops.

They use several whistled calls to keep in contact and to give alarm warnings in the presence of predators like foxes and birds of prey, and in some places like Surire salt flat they can be surprisingly tame, offering great opportunities for photography.
This photograph was taken at Salar de Surire, Parinacota, Chile.

Photo © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


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2014.04.18 22:52:10

“Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origins. It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness. From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the Moon, but in my opinion more powerful” - Bruce Chatwin (In Patagonia).


“Patagonia is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origins. It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness. From its discovery it had the effect on the imagination something like the Moon, but in my opinion more powerful”. Bruce Chatwin (In Patagonia).


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