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July 22, 2010

Bubalco Zoo, Rio Negro

Filed under: South America — Tags: , — admin @ 10:34 pm

A Day At the Zoo

Today I was invited by the very sweet owner of the hostel, Portal de Suenos, here in Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina, to go to see the birds at the Bubalco Zoo. We set off after ten o’clock and drove through the Rio Negro flood plain which is full of fruit crops. The soil here is very fertile and the whole area is planted out wherever there is space. I am guessing that the melting snows from the Andes create some massive water flows and the silt from the floods would cover the whole are with some very sweet soil.

On the way I saw quite a few Chimango Caracaras. They are very common out here. It is found all over central South America. They have a piercing call and the sky is full with their cries.

Chimango Caracara
Chimango Caracara

Here is one obligingly sitting on a pole right in front of me.

Chimango Caracara
Chimango Caracara

This one is called a Tero by the locals and is closely related to the Australian Masked Lapwing. It is a Southern Lapwing, Vanellus chilensis. It is a common resident throughout South America. There are some sub-species which I have not learnt about yet.

Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing

Bubalco Zoo is about 15 kilometers from General Roca, Rio Negro. They have quite a few tropical birds in cages and some big cats. I was particularly enamoured of this Jaguar, which was in a cage of course.

Jaguar
Jaguar

This Andean Condor came down from the skies to scrounge a bit of meat. I am not sure if they feed them to bring them down for the visitors or not. Here he is having a good look for some tucker.

Andean Condor
Andean Condor

And here he is tucking into some yummy meat. yum yum.

Andean Condor
Andean Condor

2 Comments »

  1. That lapwing is a great looking bird! The masked ones down the street have started swooping today and I watched magpies chasing a Sparrowhawk over my house. Breeding season is very near.

    Comment by Lucky — July 24, 2010 @ 10:38 am

  2. ha ha yes, the lady that took me said that she got swooped by these chimango raptors when she went near a breeding nest.
    i immediately thought of the magpies.
    I am not sure if these patagonian lapwings swoop, but I think they do have spurs like the masked ones.

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — July 25, 2010 @ 1:19 am

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