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2012.03.08 23:34:12

Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax) - locally known as Huillin - an endangered mustelid of southern Chile.

This splendid shot was taken on 19 February 2012 by guest Abraham Varguese during our recent tour 'Mammals & Birds of Patagonia'. — Chepu River, Chiloé Island, southern  Chile.


Southern River Otter / Huillin (Lontra provocax), Chiloe Island, Chile


2012.03.02 18:51:47

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest member of the family and probably the most beautiful and charismatic species of the penguin world.

This species was considered as a vagrant or accidental visitor to the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, as every year, a handful of records indicated its presence but no breeding activity was ever documented in the region.

During the last three years (since 2009), a small number of individuals (as much as 70 but usually less than 40) have established in the shores of the huge embayment of Useless Bay, in the Chilean sector of Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia. Their presence had been recorded throughout the year, but peak numbers seem to be reached during the southern spring and summer months (September through March). On the summer of 2010/2011 a significant courtship behavior took place, including pairing, vocalizations and mating, but all further breeding attempts failed mostly due to inquisitive visiting tourists. This year (2012), the area was completely fenced by property owners, resulting in less human disturbance, and consequently allowing the penguins to try to breed once again.

The first eggs of King Penguins were laid by late November / December and the first chicks were seen during January of 2012.

On 26 February 2012, on a recent visit with guests of FS Expeditions, we had the privilege of seeing four chicks and probably other four adult penguins carrying eggs, underneath their brood patch. Besides, we had the opportunity of seeing the protective parents guarding the chicks against the curiosity of other adults. These good news and sign the beginning of the first documented King Penguin colony in South America. Other nearby colonies are found at the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the world’s largest in located at the remote South Georgia island, in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Claudio F. Vidal, FS Expeditions


King Penguin and its chick, 26 Feb 2012 © Claudio F. Vidal, FS Expeditions - www.fsexpeditions.com

King Penguin defending its chick against other curious adults, 26 Feb 2012 © Claudio F. Vidal, FS Expeditions - www.fsexpeditions.com


2011.05.19 00:24:30

May 18 2011 - Avistar, Sao Paulo, Brazil (15-17 May 2011)
Our great and admired Brazilian friend, Guto Carvalho, was very gracious in inviting us, once again, to join the Brazilian Birdwatchers Meeting called AVISTAR. This was its 6th yearly version and another great success with thousands of visitors and lots of interesting talks, workshops and related events. Claudio Vidal, from FS Expeditions, did a short talk on the 'Birds of Patagonia'. We are really looking forward for the next year version. Thanks a lot for visiting our stand, for your interest in Chile & Patagonia and friendship.

18 Mayo 2011 - Avistar, Sao Paulo, Brasil (15-17 Mayo 2011)
Nuestro gran y admirado amigo brasilero, Guto Carvalho, fue muy gentil en invitarnos nuevamente para participar del Encuentro Brasilero de Observadores de Aves llamado AVISTAR. Esta fue su sexta versión anual y nuevamente fue todo un éxito, con miles de visitantes y una gran variedad de charlas, talleres y de otros eventos relacionados. Claudio Vidal, de FS Expeditions, realizó una breve charla sobre las 'Aves de Patagonia'. Ya estamos esperando participar de la versión del próximo año. Gracias a nuestros amigos brasileros por visitar nuestros stand, por su interés en Chile & Patagonia y por su amistad.


Avistar 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil - www.avistarbrasil.com.br


Avistar 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil - www.avistarbrasil.com.br


Avistar 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil - www.avistarbrasil.com.br


Avistar 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil - www.avistarbrasil.com.br


Avistar 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil - www.avistarbrasil.com.br


2011.04.24 02:04:46

Dear friends,

We really recognize the importance of the social networking tools these days and we want, as a bunch of nature enthusiasts, to take the opportunity to show you our vision of the natural world of this part of the Planet.

We have created our own Youtube Channel and we plan to add new material on a regular and consistent basis. We wanted to start with our vision of the wonderful nature event of the Atacama Desert in bloom. Last year, and in company of several friends and guests, we had the rare priviledge of documenting part of this unusual phenomenon, resulting of the heavy winter rains. The images we wanted to show you were taken on September 2010.

Please have a look and enjoy yourselves with this magnificent nature spectacle.

Our very best wishes as always,

Claudio F. Vidal & Enrique Couve


2011.04.19 18:48:07

Enrique Couve - www.fsexpeditions.comAnother huge puma success! Enrique Couve has just came back from Chile's Torres del Paine, where he was leading a group with Ornitholidays (UK). They saw 7 individual pumas plus Geoffroy's Cat! More details in our blog soon!




2011.04.11 17:36:55

 See part of the presentation of Claudio Vidal - partner, marketing manager and tour leader at FS Expeditions, who was one of the keynote speakers at the Explorer's show 'Geografica 2010'. This great event is organized every year by Fundacion Vertical, Chile's most respected ecotourism, exploration and leadership organization. Click here...



2011.04.11 17:01:08

 Check out the superb photographic work of these accomplished Czech nature photographers. Mr. Hasek and Mrs. Hasvoka travelled with us across Chile between 28 February and 19 March 2011. Here are the results of their photographic wonderings. Click here...




2011.04.08 21:09:44


Our recent trip to the Falkland Islands, with our first group of Chilean guests, was a true success. The feedback from our guests was truly rewarding as they thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the 'kelpers, the tameness of its wildlife and spectacular landscapes of this unique destination.

We had the priviledge of having among our guests, the accomplished Chilean explorer Rodrigo Jordan, founder of Fundacion Vertical, Chile's most respected exploration and leadership organization.

As a result of this expedition we are planning a new photo expedition (17-24 September 2011 - which will coincide with Chile's National Holiday). Hope to see you next spring in the Falkland Islands - the 'Galapagos' of the Southern Ocean!

Enjoy the photo gallery with the images taken by tour leader and naturalist Enrique Couve.




Nuestro reciente viaje a las Islas Falklands (Malvinas), junto a nuestro primer grupo de viajeros chilenos, resultó ser un verdadero éxito. Los comentarios de nuestros clientes fueron en verdad muy satisfactorios pues ellos disfrutaron plenamente de la cordialidad de los isleños, de la mansedubre de su vida silvestre y la espectacularidad de los paisajes de este destino único y exótico.

Tuvimos el privilegio de contar entre nuestros clientes con elreconocido explorador chileno Rodrigo Jordan, fundador de Fundación Vertical, la organización de expediciones y liderazgo más reconocida del país.

Como resultado de esta expedición, estamos planificando un nuevo viaje fotográfico (entre el 17 y 24 de Septiembre de 2011), fechas que coinciden con el Feriado Nacional de Chile. Esperamos poder contar con tu presencia en las Islas Falklands / Malvinas - las 'Galápagos' del Océano Austral!

Disfruta de la galería de imágenes tomadas por el naturalista y guía de expedición Enrique Couve.


Trip Photo Gallery

Our guest Carlos Tampier photographying King Cormorants (Phalacrocorax albiventer), Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands - March 2011 © Enrique Couve - http://www.fsexpeditions.com


2010.11.18 17:39:41

The Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax), locally known as 'Huillin', is an otter species occurring in southern Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina. This medium-sized otter can grow up to 2.5 ft (70 cm) long, with a tail being about 16 inches (40 cm); its skin is dark-brown on the top and has a lighter cinnamon color on its underside.

On November 14 2010, while leading a group of Wildlife Travel (UK) on Chiloé Island, I had the priviledge of photographying three individuals of this rare and endangered mammal. The sightings took place at the pristine Chepu River, located in the north-western part of the main island of this archipelago of southern Chile. Our group has also additional sightings at the private Tepuhueico Park, also located in the main island, close to the homonimous lake.

More resources on the River Otter here.

More photos at my Smugmug gallery.

Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax), Chiloe, Chile


Searching for Southern River Otter at Chepu River, Chiloe Island


Join Claudio, Roberto and Enrique on one of our 5-day programmes to 'Lake District & Chiloé Island' and try to see this enigmatic and sadly vanishing inhabitant of the wetlands of southern Chile.


2010.08.26 21:31:45


The Darwin's Fox (Pseudalopex fulvipes), locally known as 'Zorro Chilote', is a small and secretive inhabitant of the temperate forests of southern South America and is endemic to Chile. Its range is very restricted and is currently found in only two disjunct populations: the forests of Chiloé Island (42°S; 74°W) and the coastal Massif of Nahuelbuta (37°35'S; 73°00`W), in mainland Chile. These two sites hold a small yet decreasing population of nearly 250 individuals.

A visit to these two sites, in company of our guests, offers always great chances of seeing this magnificent canid. Naturalist guide Roberto Donoso and guest Norma Chapman, a UK mammal expert, had great views of one couple during a boat trip along the Chepu River in Chiloé Island; this tame fox was comfortably taking a sun-bath during the cold morning of August 13th 2010.


Darwin's Fox, Chepu River, Chiloe Island, Chile by Roberto Donoso, FS Expeditions


Chilean experts (i.e. Dr Jaime Jimenez among others) along international conservation agencies are currently carrying out long-term population studies on this critically endangered fox. A detailed summary on the biology and conservation status of this species from the Canid Specialits Group: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs - 2004 Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan) is available here.


Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions


Another good site of Chiloé Island to see this rare fox are the lush and pristine old-growth rainforests of Tepuhueico Park; on this huge private reserve, our guide and company founder Enrique Couve has seen it numerous times.


Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions


Darwin's Fox, Tepuhueico Park, Chiloe Island, Chile by Enrique Couve, FS Expeditions


Join Roberto and Enrique on one of our 5-day programmes to 'Lake District & Chiloé Island' and try to see this enigmatic and sadly vanishing inhabitant of the forests of southern Chile.


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