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2014.02.26 02:41:59

 

Our guests Bryan and Keith Grundy (USA) while enjoying themselves photographing King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonica) at the recently established, although small, breeding colony of Bahia Inutil (Useless Bay), Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

 

Visit to King Penguin colony at Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Far South Expeditions

 

At the time of our visit (22 January 2014) there were nearly 80 individuals, several moutling adults and more importantly, nine chicks were born during this southern summer (late December and early January).

 

Visit to King Penguin colony at Tierra del Fuego, Chile © Far South Expeditions

 

Our wishes are that these newly-born penguins can make it through the upcoming fall and winter but there are several difficulties including the lack of parental experience during the rearing period and the increasing predation by an introduced and successful mammal of the area, Mink (Mustela vison).

 

[Both images taken by Claudio F. Vidal with iPhone.]


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2013.09.27 01:08:31

Resting in the morning sun, a Peruvian Pygmy Owl, Glaucidium peruanum, stares into the camera with piercing yellow eyes from its perch on a tree in the valley of the Lluta River in Arica, Northern Chile. A secretive owl, it replaces Austral Pygmy Owl in the extreme northern tip of the country in dry riparian habitat. 

 

Descansando al sol matutino, un Chuncho del Norte, Glaucidium peruanum, mira fijamente a la cámara con sus penetrantes ojos amarillos desde su percha en un árbol en el valle del Río Lluta en Arica, norte de Chile. Un búho de costumbres reservadas, reemplaza al Chuncho en el extremo norte del país, en hábitat ribereño árido.

 

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2013.08.16 18:44:14

Resting on a cobble beach in the Straits of Magellan's northern shore, a pair of Dolphin Gull, Leucophaeus scoresbii, bask in the sun on a clear winter afternoon. One of the southernmost gulls in the world, it is also very attractive with its elegant grey plumage and contrasting coral-red bill and feet in the adults.

 

Descansando en una playa pedregosa en la costa norte del Estrecho de Magallanes, un par de Gaviota Austral, Leucophaeus scoresbii, se asolea en una clara tarde de invierno. Una de las más australes gaviotas del mundo, es también muy atractiva con su elegante plumaje gris y contrastantes pico y patas rojo coral en los adultos.

 

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2013.07.24 01:22:28

Porcelain Orchid (Chloraea magellanica), Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


The Orchids in Torres del Paine are of great interest to research, scientific divulgation and the conservation of Biodiversity. This group, although not so diverse in austral latitudes as it is in the tropics, contains endemic species confined to restricted distributional ranges within Patagonia, with an evident aesthetic and scientific attractive which confers them the charisma to be promoted as an emblem of Torres del Paine and to generate a fascination for the diversity in this area resulting in a local and international interest for their conservation.

 

The project “The Orchids of Torres del Paine: monitoring and eco-tourism for the conservation of Biodiversity”, is led by Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and is a research effort conceived by the local NGO, AMA Torres del Paine, and partly financed by Far South Expeditions. This initiative aims to describe the taxonomical and distributional attributes of the species present in the area, identifying potential suitable sites for botanizing and photo tours, and to locally divulge this unexplored diversity and put it under the public spotlight. AMA Torres del Paine volunteers from Germany, Canada, Chile, China, France, USA, UK and Poland, have contributed to the mapping of 3,000 plants of 9 Orchid species in Torres del Paine.

 

You can review the preliminary paper from ISSUU.


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2013.07.23 22:04:35

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Emerging from the shroud of mist in the first rays of light at dawn, a pair of Great Grebe, Podiceps major, cruise the calm waters of a river in Chiloé Island in Chile's Lake District. Largest of South American grebes, this accomplished diver feeds on fish and other aquatic prey it captures by pursuing them underwater, driven by its specially adapted feet which are located to the very rear of the body, a perfect position to act as propellers but virtually useless to walk in land, a trait it shares with the rest of the members of their primitive family.

 

Emergiendo del velo de bruma en la primera luz del alba, un par de Hualas, Podiceps major, recorre las calmas aguas de un río en la isla de Chiloé, en la región de Los Lagos en Chile. El mayor de los zambullidores sudamericanos, este maestro del buceo se alimenta de peces y otras presas acuáticas que captura persiguiendo bajo el agua, impulsado por sus patas especialmente adaptadas y localizadas muy atrás en el cuerpo, una posición perfecta para actuar como propulsores pero virtualmente inútil para caminar en tierra, rasgo que comparte con el resto de los miembros de su primitiva familia.

 

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2013.07.11 18:38:07

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Observed by a lone Chinstrap, a Snowy Sheathbill, Chionis albus, looks for food surveying a Chinstrap Penguin colony at Spigot Point in the Antarctic Peninsula. Distantly related to plovers, snowy sheathbills get their name from the horny plates that conceal their nostrils at the base of the bill and are the sanitation patrol in Antarctica, feeding on any organic debris they may find, like empty egg shells, dead chicks, and even penguin droppings, which being composed mainly of half-digested krill, are quite nutritious to them.

 

Observada por un solitario Pingüino de Barbijo, una Paloma Antártica, Chionis albus, inspecciona una colonia de pingüinos en Punta Spigot, en la Península Antártica, buscando alimento. Parientes lejanos de los chorlitos, las palomas antárticas, (que no están emparentadas con las verdaderas Palomas, orden Columbiformes), y cuyo nombre en inglés "pico envainado" hace referencia a las placas córneas que cubren las narinas u orificios nasales, son la patrulla sanitaria antártica y se alimentan de cualquier residuo orgánico que puedan encontrar, como huevos vacíos, polluelos muertos e incluso guano de pingüino, que al estar compuesto principalmente por krill semi-digerido, es bastante nutritivo para ellas.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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2013.07.11 01:28:52

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Looking for invertebrate prey among the pebbles on the Pacific shore of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, a Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres, hops its way along with Littorina snails as silent witnesses of his quest for food. A member of the sandpiper family, this shorebird spends the Southern Summer feeding in the rich Pacific coast of South America before starting its long journey back to its breeding grounds in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Cazando invertebrados entre las rocas en la costa Pacífica del Desierto de Atacama, en el norte de Chile, un Playero Vuelvepiedras, Arenaria interpres, avanza a saltos con los caracoles Littorina como silenciosos testigos de su excursión en busca de alimento. Miembro de la familia de los playeros, esta ave costera pasa el verano austral alimentándose en la rica costa del Pacífico en Sudamérica antes de iniciar su largo viaje de vuelta a sus territorios reproductivos en el Hemisferio Norte.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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2013.07.09 22:12:54

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Hovering in mid-air, a Rufous-naped Ground Tyrant, Muscisaxicola rufivertex, dives on a flying insect in an Andean river valley in Antofagasta, Northern Chile. This active and agile tyrant flycatcher stalks its prey, mainly insects, closing in on them either from a perch or from a hovering position in the air, to catch them on the ground or on the wing, and to see it hunting is one of the highlights of a birding trip to the high Andean plateau or Altiplano.

 

Cerniéndose en el aire, una Dormilona de Nuca Rojiza, Muscisaxicola rufivertex, cae en picada sobre un insecto volando en el valle de un río andino en Antofagasta, norte de Chile. Este ágil y activo cazamoscas tiránido acecha a sus presas, principalmente insectos, lanzándose sobre ellos ya sea desde una percha o desde el aire, para atraparlos en el suelo o al vuelo, y verlo cazar es una de los espectáculos de una excursión de birding al altiplano.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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2013.07.08 19:36:49

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Masterfully blending with its grassy surroundings, a Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Thinocorus orbignyianus, moves shyly around its habitat, a high-altitude bog in the Andean plateau of Antofagasta, Chile, keeping a low profile and counting on its superb camouflage to avoid potential predators like foxes or birds of prey. Belonging to a South American family of only four species, seedsnipes are the ultimate masters of camouflage and will go completely unadverted unless they move.

 

Confundiéndose magistralmente con el pasto a su alrededor, una Perdicita Cojón, Thinocorus orbignyianus, se mueve tímidamente por su habitat, un bofedal altoandino en el altiplano de Antofagasta, Chile, manteniendo un bajo perfil y confiando en su perfecto mimetismo para evitar potenciales predadores como zorros o aves rapaces. Perteneciente a una familia sudamericana de sólo cuatro especies, las perdicitas son maestros definitivos del camuflaje y pasan completamente inadvertidas a menos que se muevan.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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2013.07.05 23:28:07

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Hunting for small crustaceans and insect larvae, a Seaside Cinclodes, Cinclodes nigrofumosus, inspects a pile of decaying seaweed on the intertidal zone in a rocky beach in the Pacific coast of Valparaíso, Chile. This member of family Furnariidae is an endemic species to Chile and probably the most maritime of Passerines (songbirds), as it never strays not even a few meters from the spray zone, where it can be seen constantly looking for prey and displaying on top of rocks.

 

A la caza de pequeños crustáceos y larvas de insectos, un Churrete Costero, Cinclodes nigrofumosus, inspecciona un montón de algas en descomposición en la zona intermareal de una playa rocosa en la costa Pacífica de Valparaíso, Chile. Este miembro de la familia Furnariidae es una especie endémica de Chile y probablemente el más marítimo de los Passeriformes (aves canoras), ya que nunca se aleja ni siquiera unos metros de la zona de salpicadura, donde puede ser visto buscando presas constantemente y exhibiéndose sobre rocas.

 

Rodrigo Tapia J. - Ornithologist / Tour Leader, Far South Expeditions

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