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OUTINGS

Distance from downtown Buenos Aires: 70 km (45 miles), NE.

Main habitat of this area belonging to the National Parks system, is a grassland, seasonally flooded in part. Grassland can be both short or tall (in this case huge Pampas Grass), and wet parts vegetation includes thick grasses, reeds and cattail. There is little open water in ditches alongside the road.  Patches of native forest add plant diversity attractive to a variety of songbirds.

Most of the birding here is along a 5 km long public, dirt road. Expect scattered traffic. Birding the road itself takes 3 hours average.

A typical destination to look for the scarce Straight billed Reedhaunter, it’s well worth even without it. Raptors (Long winged Harrier, Chimango and Southern Caracaras, Roadside Hawk), Giant Wood Rail, Picazuro Pigeon, Picui Ground Dove, White faced and Bare Faced Ibis, Southern Screamer (normally distant), Southern Lapwing, Common Snipe, Whistling Heron, Bronze tailed Hummingbird, Golden Breasted and Checkered Woodpecker, furnariids like Freckle breasted Thornbird, Curve Billed Reedhaunter and Sulphur bearded Spinetail, Rufous Capped Antshrike, Spectacled Tyrant, Sooty Tyrannulet, Black-and-Rufous Warbling Finch, Great Pampas Finch, Long tailed Reed Finch, Diademed Tanager (easier in winter), Small-billed Elaenia, Brown and Yellow Marshbird, Yellow-winged and Scarlet-headed Blackbird, etc.

CONNECTIONS: Otamendi can be combined with Urban Reserves, Costanera Sur and Southern Entre Ríos outings.

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