Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Chile Days 8 & 9 – 29 & 30 December 2015 Altos de Lirca NP

Our flight from King George Island, Antarctica to Punto Arenas, Chile was several hours late.  By the time we got to our hotel room it was 8.30 pm.  It was too late to meet our friends, have dinner or to catch up on blogging.  It was 11.00 pm before I got to bed and knew I would be tired tomorrow as we get to be up at 4.45 am to catch the first flight to Santiago.

The next morning, as we checked in for our 7.10 am flight many of the passengers from our ship were on the same flight.  There was only time for a hello and wave before our flight.

At Santiago Airport, our bird guide from Albatross Birding, Fernando Diaz, was there to meet us in a hire car.  We then headed south, driving to Colburn and then to Vilches birding on the way and arriving at Altos de Lirca National Park early afternoon to catch up on birding before dark.

Chris Craig in Altos de Lirca National Park
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Young Magellanic Woodpecker in a nest hole, Altos de Lirca National Park

White-throated Treerunner, Altos de Lirca National Park

After birding for a few hours, we went back to our lodge for dinner, before going out owling looking for Rufous-legged Owl and Austral Pygmy-owl.  I am not a fan of owling, mainly because I get tired and we often don't  see anything. Tonight was no different and we got to bed at midnight with no success.

Scorpian, Altos de Lirca National Park
Photograph taken by and copyright Young birder Mya-Rose Craig

Best birds of the Day:

Chestnut-throated Huet Huet (a Tapuculo species)
Magellenic Woodpecker
Green-backed Firecrown
White-throated Treerunner

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent. 

Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol 2015 Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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