Birding in Tierra del Fuego Gray headed Albatross A very interesting record of the Gray Head Albatross on Lake Fagnano. It is a pelagic bird that sometimes when there are storms you enter the Lake of the Fagnano Admiralty, this is occasional or very rare record. This program has the peculiarity of touring different ecosystems such as the coast, lakes, forest, steppe as high altitude vegetation. This implies a wide variety of bird species. The MB215 program is an interesting variant to observe Magellanic Plover, White-bellied Seedsnipe, Magellanic Woodpecker, etc.
Day 1: Rio Grande. Arrival at the local airport. Transfer to the hotel. The dinner is not included. Overnight in Rio Grande.
In the morning: Half day Tour to the northern grassland of Tierra del Fuego, one of the best areas to see the Magellanic Plover. At the zone beside the Atlantic coast, the birding of several seashorebirds will be possible. The box lunch will be provided. Overnight in Rio Grande. The dinner is not included. Total number of kilometers for this day: 150.
Birds: Ruddy-headed Goose (spring), Rufous-chested Dotterel, Two-banded Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Bird’s Sandpiper, Least Seedsnipe, Common Miner, Short-billed Miner, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Cinnamon-bellied Ground-Tyrant, Patagonian Yellow–Finch, etc.
Day 2: Rio Grande. The breakfast provided by the hotel. In the morning: Transfer to Ushuaia travelling through different landscapes: grassland with sheep farming, lagoons inhabited by waterfowl, the wide transition area with sceneries of peat bogs and low deciduous Beech Forest. After Fagnano and Escondido Lakes, the crossing of the Fuegian Andes takes place. On the way we will make some stops to see different species of birds. When we will arrived the paso Garibaldi. The best area to watch the bird’s high Andes. The box lunch will be provided. Overnight in Ushuaia. The dinner is not included. Total number of kilometers for this day: 230.
Birds: Black-face Ibis, Coscoroba Swan, Black-necked Swan, Kelp-Goose, Ashy-headed Goose, Upland Goose, Crested Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Speckled Teal, Chiloe Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, Red Shoveler, Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Southern Caracara, Chimango Caracara, American Kestrel, White-winged Coot, Red-gartered Coot, Southern Lapwing, American Golden Plover, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Magellanic Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Sanderling, Bird’s Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Least Seedsnipe, Chilean Skua, Dolphin Gull, South American Tern, Austral Parakeet, Austral Canastero, Austral Negrito, Correndera Pipit, Austral Blackbird, Long-tailed Meadowlark, etc
In the afternoon: In the area of Paso Garibaldi, we started walking up to the timberline. Reaching the High Andes vegetation, several species of birds can be seen. Passing the timberline there is a good chance to see the White-bellied Seedsnipe (habitat: 600 / 900 over see level). The box lunch will be provided.
Birds: White–bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-flancked Cinclodes, Buff-winged Cinclodes, Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant, Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant, Austral Thrush, Yellow-bridled Finch, Black-chinned Siskin, etc.
Day 3: Ushuaia. The breakfast provided by the hotel. Birding tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park where Giant Woodpeckers, Ibis and other birds can be seen at the Southern Beech Forests the coastal areas offer also the birding of some seabirds like Kelp Goose and Steamer Ducks.
The box lunch will be provided during the tour. Overnight in Ushuaia. The dinner is not included. Duration: 8 hours. Total number of kilometers for this morning: 60. End of our services.
Birds: Great Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Flying–Steamer Duck, Flightless Steamer Duck, Spectacled Duck, Blackish Oystercatcher, Chilean Hawk, Plumbeous Rail, Magellanic Horned Owl, Austral Pygmy–Owl, Ringed Kingfisher, Magellanic Woodpecker, Dar-bellied Cinclodes, White-throated Treerunner, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Magellanic Tapaculo, Patagonian Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, White-crested Elaenia, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Chilean swallow, House Wren, Austral Thrush, Patagonian Sierra-Finch, etc.