Had a great time both days! Thanks! Charley Herzfeld, San Diego – 19 Apr 2013
We enjoyed a superb autumn day, birds just never stopped at Ibicuy and Ceibas! Second day we visited Costanera Sur with other partners
Just wanted to thank you again for the great birding the last two days. I really enjoyed it. We did the city bus tour today and saw Harris’ Hawk in the botanical gardens. Tomorrow morning we are heading to Costanera Sur for birds and some local crafts in the park near there. I’ll let you know my final count but right now I think I saw 105 species…not bad for 1 1/2 days!
Kathy Mcdonald, Bloomfield Hills, MI – 19 Oct 2012
I will be in BA for a few days, what are the prospects for a day out? It would be nice to extend the range of species over our very successful day in 2010.
Don Cowan, Pretoria, SA- 23 Jul 2012
Absolutely great birding last week – thanks
Roger Kitching – 4 Nov 2012
Thanks for the list of birds seen last Monday and for a fantastic morning’s birding. Once again, many thanks for a brilliant morning of birding.
July and David Howey (Sussex, England)- 25 Feb 2013
Birding in Buenos Aires: 25 February 2013
Our return journey from Ushuaia to London involved an overnight stay in Buenos Aires and so we had a morning to do some birding before our flight. The original plan was to visit Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve but, being a Monday, the reserve was closed. After looking on the internet we contacted Diego Gallegos and asked for some suggestions as to alternative birding sites. (cont´d below)
Diego responded promptly and not only suggested some sites but also offered to quote for taking us to visit those sites. We decided that our best option was to ask Diego to quote for collecting us (with our luggage) from our hotel at 7.00 am, taking us birding and then driving us to the airport.
This worked out exceeding well and Diego was waiting outside our hotel at 7 am on Monday 25th February and fortunately spoke excellent English. After the initial introductions and loading our luggage into Diego’s car, our first stop was the Golf Lake area in the Palermo district as an introduction to Buenos Aires birding. The lake itself was disappointing with just a few Great White & Snowy Egrets roosting on a small island and some Limpkins feeding along the shore but no birds on the water.
We then drove a short distance and walked into an area of cut grass with scattered trees and immediately got in amongst the birds which were not only in the trees but also on the ground at close range. Diego not only ensured that we got good views of the birds but also pointed out the identifying features of the numerous species. In less than hour we had recorded Picazuro Pigeon, Eared Dove, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Gilded Hummingbird, Green-barred Woodpecker, Checkered Woodpecker, Monk Parakeet, White-eyed Parakeet, Chevron-winged Parakeet, Black-hooded Parakeet, Narrow-billed Woodpecker, Rufous Hornero, Cattle Tyrant, Great Kiskadee, Tropical Kingbird, Masked Gnatcatcher, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Red-crested Cardinal, Saffron Yellow-finch and Shiny Cowbird. There were also Harris’s Hawks, Southern Caracaras, Chimango Caracaras and Brown Chested Martins overhead.
We then drove to a small lagoon with reeds and bushes at the back of Ciudad Universitaria. Here we added Silver Teal, Yellow-billed Teal, Rosy-billed Pochard, Rufous-sided Crake, Picui Ground-dove, Streaked Flycatcher, Creamy-bellied Thrush, Masked Yellowthroat, Variable Oriole1, Hooded Siskin and Rufous-collared Sparrow to the growing list.
Our final stop was Reserva Vicente Lopez where additions to the list were Wattled Jacana, Southern Lapwing, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Sayaca Tanager and Grayish Saltator. There were also fly-over Cattle Egrets and Bare-faced Ibises. To make us feel at home we also saw Moorhen (Common Gallinule), Starling and House Sparrow during the day.
Then off to the airport at 1200 to check in for our flight home. Thanks to Diego’s knowledge not only of the birds but also the sites for birding in Buenos Aires we had a fantastic morning’s birding. We just wish we’d had more time.
So, if like us, you find yourselves with a morning or more in Buenos Aires we would thoroughly recommend that you contact Diego and arrange for him to take you out birding. You won’t regret it.
David and Julie Howey
1 On the flight back to London I checked my notebook against the Field Guide to the Birds of Argentina & Uruguay and seemed to have a problem with Variable Oriole. The only Oriole shown in the Field Guide is Epaulet Oriole Icterus cayanensis which clearly has a rounded tail whereas the bird we saw both perched and in flight clearly had a forked tail – making it look rather like a Drongo. When we got home I checked on the Internet and found that Variable Oriole Icterus cayanensis pyrrhopterus is a sub-species of Epaulet Oriole and does indeed have a forked tail so problem solved.
Diego, thanks again for a wonderful morning, 42 species, 22 lifers, but whose counting?
Katie Phillps – 27 Oct 2011
I enjoyed today very much! I think we saw about 49 species, 40 or slightly more were new for me on this day trip. THAT does not happen for me anymore, since I rarely travel outside the US. So, I had a great time! But, as well, I really enjoyed your company and your very kind guiding. I look forward to some other trips with you,
Robert Johnson – 21 Mar 2012
A clear highlight of the trip was our days birding with you. We saw so many beautiful birds and had a great time seeing the country as well. I think everyone should go birding at Otomendi and Ceibas not to mention Ribera Norte. You were so great in helping us. Thank you again for showing us such great places.
Mary Krentz – 8 Dec 2010
We had a very good and successful trip to Argentina from August 26 to September 5. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend part of the day with you learning the id’s, habits and habitats of many birds in Buenos Aires.
James Harper – 30 Sep 2011
The whales, elephant seals and all were spectacular. Thanks for a great introduction to your land. Diego took two bleary eyed, flight-weary visitors and energized them with a visit to the Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve. His knowledbe of the birds and plants pprovided a good foundation for the rest of our trip. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Alan Cohen – 19 Dec 2011
We wish to thank you for a superb start to what turned out to be a wonderful visit to Argentina. We were extremely lucky with accommodation, people and birds. You have a marvellous country with exceptional people. I do not know anywhere else in the world where we have received such a warm welcome and such willingness to help strangers. Our very best wishes and thanks, and if you ever decide to come to Scotland, you have a place to stay with us.
Diego did a heroic job of getting us back to the hotel during the rain storm.
Barry and Chris – 1 Dec 2012