Tuesday, December 28, 2010
OK, I know it is not the best shot in the world, but here it is, a snap of THE bird that I wanted to see in Argentina... Helmeted Woodpecker. It's a record shot and it is clear which species it is. Truth is, we were too busy getting good views and trying to record the bird to get good photos. Indeed, we got good views and heard it calling and drumming. In fact, that is how we found it. It is a superb bird, a rare one, a real specialty of the rain forests of SE Brazil, Paraguay and NE Argentina. We found this female in Misiones Province in November.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
And here is yet another bird from Argentina, yes, again, another woodpecker! This is a male Magellanic Woodpecker, a superb bird, a real specialty of the forests of Patagonia, which was one of our main targets. Photo taken near Bariloche, Argentina, December 2010.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Well, I am back from Argentina. What a great birding destination it is! As you will probably know, my main targets there were the woodpeckers and in the end my friends and I observed 23 species. Particularly fine were Andean Flicker, Helmeted Woodpecker, Black-bodied Woodpecker and Magellanic Woodpecker... I will be posting more on these, the wonderful habitats we visited (there I am in Patagonia kitted out for the wind and the sun) and on the trip in general in the coming days.