We will visit 2 very important Natural Monuments and 2 remarkable National Parks of southern Chile (Alerce Andino & Vicente Perez Rosales), in search for Temperate and Valdivian Rain forest specialties like Chilean Pigeon, Des Mur´s Wiretail, Black-throated Huet-Huet, Ochre-flanked Tapaculo, Chucao Tapaculo, Magellanic Tapaculo and the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet, among others. We´ll do a boat trip to a Magellanic Penguin Colony, plus we´ll see 4 species of Cormorants on the same rock! including other birds like Flightless Steamer-Duck, Kelp Goose and the chance to see the Pincoya Storm-Petrel (a recently discovered specie to the world)!! Mammals like the stunning Marine Otter and up to 3 species of dolphins can also be seen. Additionally we´ll get a touch of the local culture of Chiloe, one of Chile´s most significant islands (the second largest in the country, a distinct enclave linked more to the sea than the continent and a society with a deep territorial attachment). A comprehensive birding tour in the temperate zone of Chile, its famous “Lake District” and the mythic Chiloe Island.
4 Days / 3 Nights
From October to March.
Meet and depart
Puerto Montt or Puerto Varas.
From Wed Dec 28,2022 To Fri Dec 30,2022
Our trip starts today in the temperate zone of Chile, its famous “lake district”. Birding on the way to the attractive town of Puerto Varas. Some of the birds we´ll try see on the way (making several stops) are: Black-faced Ibis, Black Vulture, Southern Lapwing, Chilean Pigeon, Green-backed Firecrown, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-crested Elaenia, Patagonian Tyrant, Fire-eyed Diucon, Patagonian Sierra-Finch and Black-chinned Siskin, among others. Night in Puerto Varas.
Today we look for Valdivian Rainforest specialties in Alerce Andino National Park such as Black-throated Huet-huet, Chucao Tapaculo, Ochre-flanked Tapaculo, Magellanic Tapaculo, Des Murs's Wiretail, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-throated Treerunner, Patagonian Tyrant. Chance for Austral Pygmy-Owl, Green-backed Firecrowwn, Austral Parakeet (the southernmost parakeet in the world) and the endemic Slender-billed Parakeet. Later we drive back birding along Reloncavi Sound looking for Chiloe Wigeon, Speckled Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Magellanic Oystercatcher, South American Snipe, Brown-hooded Gull, South American Tern, Black Skimmer, Ringed Kingfisher, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Correndera Pipit and Grassland Yellow-Finch, among others. Night in Puerto Varas.
From Puerto Varas we drive to Puerto Montt and from here we take the ferry to Chiloe Island, providing good chances to see coastal and pelagic seabirds such as Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant-Petrel, Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwaters, Magellanic Diving-Petrel and the recently discovered new species to the world, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel. We should also encounter Black-necked Swan, Flying Steamer-Duck, Peruvian Pelican and Chilean Skua. After the ferry we visit a Magellanic Penguin Breeding Colony, where there are also Rock, Imperial & Red-legged Cormorants, Kelp Goose, Flightless Steamer-Duck, Kelp Gull, Dolphin Gull and Austral Negrito. Later we drive to some coastal wetlands where we may find Chilean Flamingo, Red Shoveler, Lake Duck, Hudsonian Godwit, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Baird´s Sandpiper, South American Snipe, Franklin´s Gull, Snowy-crowned Tern, Ringed Kingfisher, Spectacled Tyrant and Common Diuca-Finch. Chance for Marine Otter. Night in Puerto Varas.
Today we´ll focus on the outstanding Magellanic Woodpecker and species not yet located, Back to Puerto Montt Airport. End of the Trip.