Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 14, 2010

Buenos Aires Birding

Filed under: South America — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:15 pm

Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve

Well I am now in Argentina after a massive flight from Australia, and I am totally wiped out. I do not think I got any sleep on the plane. We got into Buenos Aires airport at about 10:30am and jumped on the Manuel Teinda Leon shuttle bus to my hostel. The traffic in central Buenos Aires was appalling. It is even worse than Sydney. I had a bit of a sleep when I sorted out my bed, then I got the camera out and went down to the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve. Down near the port I was taking some photos of sparrows and other birds and an official car park attendant came and told me not to take photos. It must have been near some sort of official building. I apologised and headed straight down to the reserve.

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This bird may be the Bahia Antwren (Herpsilochmus pileatus) with a common Spanish name of Tiluchi Corona Negra. But then again there has been a split and it might be the Black-capped Antwren. Edit: But then again, it may be something like a Tropical Mockingbird.

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Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus), Spanish name – Benteveo

The  bird below is the Golden-billed Saltator (Saltator aurantiirostris). Its common name in Spanish is  Pepitero de Collar.

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Golden-billed Saltator (Saltator aurantiirostris)

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Golden-billed Saltator (Saltator aurantiirostris)

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Rufous-collared Sparrow

Costanera Reserve is pretty much a wetlands. There were quite a few birds so I was taking quite a few photos. I have not got a field guide to the birds of Argentina yet, so I am going to have to try and identify them from photos on the internet.

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Black-hooded Parakeet (Nandyus nenday)

Buenos Aires bird list

Rufous-bellied Thrush
Great Kiskadee
Golden-billed Saltator
Black-hooded Parakeet
Shiny Cowbird
Bahia Antwren ?

4 Comments »

  1. A great first day! Looking forward to the reports and photos.

    Comment by Marj — July 15, 2010 @ 1:49 am

  2. So you were there for five minutes before nearly being deported for espionage! 😀

    Looks nice and sunny there, no need to bust out the skis to get to the wetlands I take it? 😉

    You’ll have to pratice saying your name 007…”The name’s Happ. Steve Happ.”

    Comment by Lucky — July 15, 2010 @ 6:53 am

  3. Hi Steve, just looking for your Antwren in my field-guides (I’m sure that you are on the right track but you wouldn’t know it from the books!)

    Comment by Tom Tarrant — July 15, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  4. Thanks Marj. I only had time today to process the photos. the report is a bit thin. doh

    lucky, its supposed to be the coldest day tomorrow. brrr. its cold.

    Tom, i am very unconfident of that id. It may be a tropical mockingbird. ???

    Comment by admin — July 16, 2010 @ 2:24 am

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