We spent several hours in the delightful presence of the denizens of this bird reserve, involving about a 7 km circular walk from our base at America del Sur Hostel.
It was a perfect way to spend a day with no particular agenda before returning to the luxury of the hostel.
The Reserve was created in 1986 to preserve:
- wetlands with reeds that offer protection for nesting and breeding of many species,
- swamped grasslands where ducks and shore birds feed and rest,
- and shrubby Patagonian steppe that provides food and home to birds and small vertebrates.
A list of 77 bird species presented something of a challenge. "You could see between 20 and 30" said the wardens, "we counted 23 when we walked round the other day".
We were up for that challenge on an otherwise lazy day. Just for the record, we spotted the following:
Black-faced Ibis (ubiquitous and noisy)
Chilean Flamingoes (lots)
Andean Ruddy Duck
Chimango Caracara (with many spectacular fly past/bombing raids)
plus others we aren't sure about...
The pictures were taken in the reserve. The birds are the Upland Goose and the Southern Lapwing.