Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 13, 2010

Birding in Patagonia

Filed under: South America — Tags: , — admin @ 6:19 pm

Esquel Birds

This morning I just was not interested in going skiing. I have had enough of skiing on sheet ice, so I gave it a big miss today. I walked up the road towards the mountains and followed the train line for a while. I came upon this Austral Thrush in a tree near the track. They are locally called a Zorzal and are a sub-species of the nominate species which is based in the Falkland Islands. Their scientific name is Turdus falcklandii magellanicus. I think that they are also related to the blackbird.

Austral Thrush
Austral Thrush

Further up along the track I came upon a bunch of Rufous-collared Sparrows. They are locally called the Chingolo. Their other English name is Andean Sparrow.

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)

I came down from the train track and then walked through the cemetery where I photographed a pair of Southern Lapwing, or Tero as they are known by the locals in Argentina and Uruguay. The Tero is actually a mascot bird for the Uruguay football team because of their agressive and territorial nature.

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Southern Lapwing

The Tero is quite common here in Argentina and can be seen on open fields quite close to towns. I see a pair nearly every day in the grounds of the local gendarmes.

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Southern Lapwing

The Southern Lapwing ranges throughout most of South America except for coastal Peru and the Amazon basin. They do not like jungle and stick to open habitats.

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Southern Lapwing in flight

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