Argentina 2015

...with Simon Papps

October 16th-30th

This was a tour that had everything: beautiful scenery, glorious weather, delicious food and, of course, an abundance of amazing and memorable bird species. We scored well in terms of endemics, with the likes of Bare-eyed ground-Dove, Cordoba and Olrog's Cinclodes, White-browed Tapaculo, Sandy Gallito, Salinas Monjita, Steinbach's Canastero, White-throated Cacholote, Monte Yellow-Finch, Yellow-striped Brush-Finch and Tucuman Mountain-Finch. In addition, we found many range-restricted species which occur only in north-west Argentina and southern Bolivia. Among these were Red-faced Guan, Red-tailed Comet, Rufous-throated Dipper, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Chaco and Rock Earthreepers, Scribble-tailed and Maquis Canasteros, Zimmer's Tapaculo, Many-coloured Chaco-Finch and Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch.

Add to this specialities such as Spot-winged Falconet, Toco Toucan, Lark-like Brushrunner and Crested Gallito, as well as six species of tinamou, seven species of canastero and three species of flamingo. And when iconic Andean species such as Torrent Duck, Andean Condor, Giant Coot, Grey-breasted Seedsnipe, Giant Hummingbird and Andean Hillstar are added to the mix you have all the ingredients for a birding tour of the highest calibre.

Special thanks are due to our Argentinian guide Hector and driver Claudio for their invaluable help in locating many of special bird species.

October 16th/17th

We took one of the final flights from Heathrow on Friday evening, arriving in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning. The transfer across the city to the domestic airport gave us our first taste of Argentinian birds, including Rufous Hornero, Picazuro Pigeon, Eared Dove, Southern Lapwing, Chimango and Southern Caracaras, Monk Parakeet and Rufous-bellied Thrush. While we waited at Jorge Newbery airport for our domestic flight to Cordoba we ate the first of many delicious empanadas of the trip while watching Southern Martin, American Kestrel and Chalk-browed Mockingbird.

After the short flight we met our local guide Hector and driver Claudio and set off in haste for the Pampa de Achala plateau where we quickly located our two target species: Cordoba Cinclodes and Olrog's Cinclodes. Both are endemic and unique to this small area. In addition we saw Plumbeous Sierra-Finch, Plain-coloured Seedeater, Variable Hawk, Sedge Wren and a very showy Long-tailed Meadowlark. A fine evening meal in Carlos Paz rounded off the day before we continued to our guest house in Capillo del Monte for a well-earned rest.

October 18th

The birding began in earnest right outside the front door this morning with Lark-like Brushrunner, Tufted Tit-Spinetail, Band-tailed Seedeater, Saffron Finch, Many-coloured Chaco-Finch and Brown Cacholote all in the garden. Chaco Earthcreeper and Picui Ground-Dove were added beside the road in town before we reached our first scheduled stop in the Serrano Chaco. Here a pair of White-tipped Plantcutters performed beautifully and were joined by Chiguanco Thrushes and Shiny Cowbirds. As we moved along the trail there was a rapid-fire succession of new species, including Short-billed Canastero, Spot-winged Pigeon, Grey-crowned and White-bellied Tyrranulets, Bran-coloured and Suiriri Flycatchers, Checkered Woodpecker, Blue-and-yellow Tanager, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Southern Beardless Tyrranulet, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Cliff Flycatcher, Greater Wagtail-Tyrant and Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle.

The only species seemingly absent was our main target, Crested Gallito, but this smart tapaculo was soon on the list too thanks to superb views of a bird on the ground and then perched on the bough of a tree – a much more impressive beast than the image in the book suggests! The new species kept coming thick and fast with further additions including Green-barred Woodpecker, Great Antshrike, Black-capped and Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finches and Golden-billed Saltator.

The short drive to our next location was punctuated by a stop for stunning views of an adult Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper feeding a young bird. The next site we explored – an extensive area of undisturbed scrub dotted with stands of taller trees – was equally as 'birdy' as the last and here we added Blue-tufted Starthroat, Glittering-bellied Emerald, Sooty-fronted and Stripe-crowned Spinetails and Variable Antshrike. A mixed flock included Many-coloured Chaco-Finch and Masked Gnatcatcher. The big target here was Black-bodied Woodpecker, and before long we had great success, watching a female with her ludicrously long crimson crest in a nearby tree. With our key species in the bag it was time for lunch in Capillo del Monte and the whole town seemed to be out as today is Mother's Day in Argentina – feliz dia mamas!

In the afternoon we travelled a short distance to Embalse El Cajon, where a White-banded Mockingbird showed well and the muddy margins of the wetland produced a range of new species for the trip, such as Black-crowned Night-Heron, Speckled Teal, Red-gartered, Red-fronted and White-winged Coots, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Ringed Kingfisher, Black-necked Stilt, Wilson's Phalarope and Pied-billed, White-tufted and Great Grebes. A superb adult Plumbeous Rail fed young in an adjoining stream while Bay-winged and Screaming Cowbirds joined the throng of Shiny Cowbirds. Monk Parakeets nested noisily all around, a flock of Blue-crowned Parakeets passed overhead and Vermilion Flycatchers dotted the lake shore. Tawny-headed and White-winged Swallows and Grey-breasted Martins hawking over the water provided the perfect end to our first full day in Argentina.

October 19th

After revisiting the Lark-like Brushrunners and Tufted Tit-Spinetails in the guest house garden we drove to La Cumbre. In the foothills near the town we quickly heard Olive-crowned Crescentchest, although actually setting eyes on one took a little work. In the meantime we watched Red-tailed Comet, Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant and Great Pampa-Finch, until finally a singing crescentchest showed very well indeed.

In some open fields on the other side of town we had another case of birding overload as we added Spotted Nothura, Field Flicker, Firewood-gatherer, Lesser and Grey-bellied Shrike-Tyrants, White and Black-crowned Monjitas and Burrowing Owl to the list in quick succession. Then it was time for a delicious lunch in La Cumbre town before we continued to the hotel in Dean Funes, adding Harris's Hawk en route.

By late afternoon we were near Salinas Grande, birding what we quickly dubbed 'the tinamou track'. In quick succession we had good views of Darwin's Nothura, Brushland Tinamou and Elegant Crested-Tinamou, eventually seeing about eight Brushland and five Elegant and rounding off a superb day for this family of birds. Continuing to the salinas it took all of 30 seconds to locate our key target Salinas Monjita. Two performed flycatching sallies and showed very well alongside Patagonian Mockingbirds and Lesser Shrike-Tyrants. Back on the road through the forest we located many Crowned Slaty-Flycatchers, Aplomado Falcon, Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant, Plain Tyrannulet, a flock of Blue-and-white Swallows and a fine White-naped Xenopsaris.

We had an al fresco picnic supper beneath a tree filled with Monk Parakeet nests. As the sun set a Spot-winged Falconet came and investigated the tree and even the inside of one of the nests! After dusk the night birds stirred, including a pair of Scissor-tailed Nightjars which performed multiple fly-pasts at close range, and several Tropical Screech-Owls calling in the distance.

October 10th

Harris's Hawks lined the road en route to the salinas – an impressive count of perhaps 15 birds suggesting that it might be a sign of migration in progress. Back at 'the tinamou track' no tinamous were in evidence today. Instead we were treated to a further procession of new birds which showed well in turn and included Crested Hornero, White-crested Elaenia, Scrub Flycatcher, White-fronted Woodpecker, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper and Variable Oriole. Black-crested Finch, Lark-like Brushrunner and Brown Cacholote were among the 'old favourites' revisited. An immature Hudson's Black-Tyrant was unexpected and no doubt another migrant. We rounded off with excellent views of a pair of Chaco Puffbirds calling loudly and bowing their heads below their bodies as they did so. After a doorstep-sandwich lunch a brief stop at a marshy area produced Grassland Yellow-Finch and Savannah Hawk, while roadside birds included several White Monjitas, a group of three Burrowing Owls and a Roadside Hawk.

Eventually when we left the plain and entered the foothills there was a striking transformation in the vegetation with tall, lush Yungas cloudforest predominating. We stopped alongside a rushing river and immediately met yet another 'bird blitz' which comprised a flock of over 40 Mitred Parakeets, many Sayaca Tanagers, Fawn-breasted and Orange-headed Tanagers, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, a pair of Golden-crowned Warblers and, best of all, the endemic Yellow-striped Brush-Finch.

On the river several Black Phoebes were immediately obvious. Then we spotted a pair of Torrent Ducks with two young which resembled fluffy humbugs. Rounding off the key birds on today's 'hit list', a superb Rufous-throated Dipper posed on a rock for a couple of minutes before flying off downstream. Two Common Chlorospingus were seen across the river and four more Torrent Ducks and two Yellow-billed Teal were spotted from the bus as we wound our way up the valley and emerged onto the sparsely vegetated hilltops to find our hotel in Tafi del Valle.

October 21st

The day began with Hooded Siskins showing well and nice views of Southern Lapwings defending their young right beside the hotel. The lake adjacent to Tafi del Valle was filled with waterbirds, with many species being new for the trip. Among these were Red Shoveler, Yellow-billed Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Andean Goose, Coscoroba Swan and Andean Coot. Best of all, though, was a flock of Andean Flamingoes feeding across the water which included some stunning adults. In the meadow where we stood we tracked down three species of pipits – Yellowish, Short-billed and Correndera – as well as South American Snipe. Four Baird's Sandpipers were on the near shore and other species seen included Pied-billed Grebe, Wattled Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-billed Teal, Red-gartered and White-winged Coots, Snowy and Great Egrets, Andean Gull and Neotropical Cormorant.

After an hour we headed to a slightly lower altitude to return to the Yungas forest beside Rio los Sosa. Immediately we had prolonged views of a White-browed Tapaculo as it sang its mechanical song. This was quickly followed by sightings of White-throated Tyrranulet, Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch, Black-backed Grosbeak, a flock of five or six obliging Yellow-striped Brush-Finches, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown-capped Redstart, a pair of Common Chlorospingus, Andean Tyrant and a group of three very active Buff-banded Tyrannulets.

Further down the gorge we were rewarded with excellent views of four Torrent Ducks, including a pair with young, and a Rufous-throated Dipper carrying food to a nest. On our final stop of the morning we visited a small shrine which acted as an excellent raptor viewpoint thanks to its stunning views across the valley in all directions. Here we watched at least six Andean Condors, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-rumped Hawk, two Roadside Hawks and a Peregrine Falcon. Smaller birds included Highland Elaenia, Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant, a pair of Cinnamon Flycatchers fanning their crown feathers like displaying Goldcrests, White-bellied Hummingbird and a superb male Red-tailed Comet. A fantastic morning was rounded off in suitable style when a Dot-fronted Woodpecker showed well at close range.

After lunch we travelled the short distance to the grassy pre-puna hilltops overlooking Tafi del Valle. Here we had immediate success in locating Cream-winged Cinclodes, White-browed Ground-Tyrant and a superb Grey-breasted Seedsnipe which posed nicely for 10 minutes (no doubt thinking that we couldn't see it!). Andean Flickers were common, with four on a single boulder at one point, and Andean Tinamous equally so with perhaps a dozen present in a small gulley beside the road. Here we also had great views of the endemic Tucuman Mountain-Finch, Andean Condor and three or four Burrowing Owls engaged in a territorial dispute. Further up the road came Plain-coloured Seedeater, Variable Hawk, Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant and Hellmayr's Pipit. Another White-browed Tapaculo called from cover and we enjoyed excellent views of both Black-winged Ground-Dove and the endemic Bare-eyed Ground-Dove. A pair of White-browed Chat-Tyrants rounded off a superb day's birding which would be hard to beat anywhere in the world.

October 22nd

The early cloud quickly cleared and a flock of eight Andean Lapwings, a Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant and a close-range Aplomado Falcon were among the interesting sightings on our way up to El Infiernillo pass. At our first stop we soon located Ornate Tinamou, Puna Canastero and Black Siskin, in addition to a Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle flying overhead. A short distance along the road a pair of Buff-breasted Earthcreepers performed amazing wing-stretching displays on the boulders beside the road, while looking down the slope from the same point we added a series of new species to the list in quick succession: Slender-billed Miner, Scale-throated Earthcreeper, Cordilleran Canastero, Cinereous Ground-Tyrant and Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch.

Further along the road and another stop began with good views of Greenish Yellow-Finch and Streak-fronted Thornbird. A Rufous-banded Miner and a pair of Grey-hooded Sierra-Finches showed well at close range on the same rock face. Again we seemed to add a new species every few metres along the road and further additions here included Mourning Sierra-Finch and Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail.

We headed out of the high mountains through spectacular 'forests' of cardon cacti, eventually emerging onto a plain where we visited an area of monte desert. By this time the midday heat was beginning to kick in but we still had good views of several Ringed Warbling-Finches and a small flock of Common Diuca-Finches. We stopped for lunch and on the way to the restaurant we saw several flocks of Burrowing Parrots beside the road. Back at the desert our attempts to find Black-legged Seriema were perhaps thwarted by very strong winds. We had to work hard for our key target of Sandy Gallito but we were eventually rewarded with excellent views of a singing bird which perched in the open on a dead branch for a full five minutes.

October 23rd

After breakfast we drove to a new area of monte desert, this time on the road to Cachi. We had great views of many Burrowing Parrots, which in places lined the trees and telephone wires beside the road. A group of 10 Monte Yellow-Finches on a small rocky hill was a great bonus. A stop at a small canyon with a dry river bed produced Glittering-bellied Emerald, Golden-billed Saltator and Variable Hawk. Our main target, the rare and localised endemic Steinbach's Canastero, put up a bit of a fight but eventually everyone enjoyed very good views through the scope and soon afterwards a second bird showed up.

A little way down the road we stopped at a small reservoir where, while sipping a welcome cup of coffee, we located three Chilean Flamingos, a dozen or so each of Lake Duck and Ruddy Duck, Wilson's Phalarope, about 15 Baird's Sandpipers and a range of other ducks, coots and other waterfowl. A very productive morning was rounded off with good views of a White-throated Cacholote perched on top of its nest beside the road back to Cafayate.

After lunch in town we set off north through the Quebrado Cafayate, where the canyon scenery was breathtaking, as were the views of four close-range adult Andean Condors which performed repeated fly-pasts. At Cabra Corral lake a large flock of Blue-crowned Parakeets was very entertaining to watch and Roseate Spoonbill, four Silver Teal, two Ringed Teal, 36 Bare-faced Ibis and a dozen or more Rosy-billed Pochards were among the new species for the tour. In the adjacent woodland we found Black-crested and Red-crested Finches and Short-billed Canastero to round off yet another very good day.

October 24th

The birding began not far north of Coronel Moldes, where a couple of Chaco Chachalacas were glimpsed and another showed well. And soon after we turned on to the Cachi road a roadside White-tailed Kite was added to the list. A pair of Dusky-legged Guans appeared seconds after we made our first stop in the Yungas forest on the lower slopes of the canyon. From then on new birds came thick and fast, with Sclater's Tyrannulet, Crested Becard, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Golden-olive Woodpecker, Saffron-billed Sparrow, Golden-winged Cacique, Yellow-browed Tyrant and Variegated Flycatcher all joining in quick succession. The strange, fluty, piping calls of three or four Grey-necked Wood-Rails could be heard close to the road and we had great views of one bird. Ocellated and White-barred Piculets were side-by-side in the same tree, several Plush-crested Jays were seen and several small flocks of Scaly-headed Parrots passed overhead alongside larger flocks of Mitred Parakeets. Along the road we noted about 10 Swallow-tailed Kites, had scope views of several Alder Parrots and a Dusky-capped Flycatcher and watched a Smoke-coloured Pewee perched on top of a tree.

After a lunchtime sandwich and coffee in a small cafe we progressed into an open grassy habitat. Spectacular mountain scenery surrounded us and on one of the steep slopes was the amazing sight of at least 40 Andean Condors, some on the wing and others resting in groups. As we worked our way up the steep slope, partly by walking and partly using the vehicle, ultimately to an altitude of about 2,500m, we continued to add new birds to the list, including Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail and Tufted Tit-Tyrant. We reached the highest point and enjoyed a grand finale of a handful of range-restricted birds, namely Maquis Canastero, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Rock Earthcreeper and Scribble-tailed Canastero, with the last elusive species being a particularly good find. The icing on the cake, though, was a brilliant view of a Zimmer's Tapaculo, first as it sang from a rock and then running mouse-like through clumps of grass on the hillside. We then retraced our steps back to Coronel Moldes for another nice dinner at the hotel.

October 25th

Chaco Chachalaca and Burrowing Parrot were among the roadside birds as we left Coronel Moldes, which has a slight buzz about town for a Sunday morning on account of this being general election day in Argentina. Our first stop, at a reservoir north of Salta, produced hundreds of Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, a scattering of White-faced Whistling-Ducks and a single White-cheeked Pintail feeding with Yellow-billed Pintails. A Puna Ibis was feeding among the dozens of White-faced Ibises. Half a dozen Snail Kites plucked snails from the shallows and fed on them, a Red-legged Seriema called in the distance and other waterbirds included White-tufted, Great, Silvery and Pied-billed Grebes, Lake Duck, Cocoi Heron, Andean Gull and four Coscoroba Swans at close range.

Next we travelled a short distance to a patch of Yungas forest where new birds for the trip included Euler's Flycatcher, Mountain Wren, Pale-legged and Two-banded Warblers and Azara's Spinetail. Rough-legged Tyrannulet and Large-tailed Dove were both heard but not seen. Further down the road the habitat changed to drier transitional forest and here we had great views of a pair of Cream-backed Woodpeckers, saw a pair of distant Green-cheeked Parakeets and watched Brown-crested Flycatchers and Red-crested Finches at close range.

After a beautiful fish lunch in a lakeside restaurant, where there was much excitement due to the fact that Argentina were playing Australia in the Rugby World Cup semi-final (even though Australia were winning!), we continued on the road to Humahuaca admiring the breathtaking scenery of this World Heritage Site. We dropped our bags at the accommodation and set out on foot to the outskirts of Humahuaca town where we had good views of Creamy-breasted Canastero, Brown-backed Mockingbird and Tropical Parula, before ending the day with a delicious dinner in town.

October 26th

The high puna and altiplano was our destination today as we drove the road from Humahuaca to Abra Pampa. Our first impromptu stop was caused by a passing flock of 20 Mountain Parakeets which posed nicely on some rocks. At the same location we added Andean Hillstar and Band-tailed Sierra-Finch to the trip list. A short distance away an adult Mountain Caracara was perched right beside the road, and a little further on a very 'birdy' area of canyon held Black Siskin, Black-hooded Sierra-Finch, Streak-fronted Thornbird, Creamy-breasted Canastero and Red-tailed Comet.

Further along the road and higher up the mountain we stopped again, this time near a dry river bed where we found a pair of Puna Ground-Tyrants, Sedge Wren, Plain-breasted Earthcreeper and White-browed Chat-Tyrant. A flock of Mountain Parakeets came to drink by the roadside and we caught up with another of our target species, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, as a pair showed very well.

Not far from the highest point of the road, at an altitude of approximately 3,800m, we watched six Vicunas and a Lesser Rhea (this race split by some as Puna Rhea) which was making its way carefully up a hillside. The rock formations along this road were also staggering. After a stop for lunch we headed for a small lake which proved to be a centre of bird activity, and here we found Giant Coots on nests and with young of all ages, several Crested Ducks and Puna Teal, Silvery and White-eared Grebes, Puna Ibis, Andean Geese and Ruddy Ducks. Passerines included Many-coloured Rush-Tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird and Andean Negrito and we had nice views of Mountain Viscachas on a cliff that overlooked the site.

A short drive away we watched a 'trip' of about 20 Tawny-throated Dotterel, which shared a field with some Common Miners before arriving at some larger lakes which held hundreds of Andean and James's Flamingos and a lone Chilean Flamingo. The 'supporting cast' included a dozen or more adult Andean Avocets (one pair with three fluffy young), 10 'spinning' Wilson's Phalaropes and a pair of Cinnamon Teal. We also had great views of several Puna Miners and a pair of Aplomado Falcons perched side by side on a fence. A great day ended at, of all places, Abra Pampa football fields, where a male Bright-rumped Yellow-Finch and male Andean Negrito both showed well.

October 27th

We set off from Humahuaca on a dirt track which took us up to 4,000m above sea-level. Not long after leaving town a Giant Hummingbird flew in front of the vehicle. We all jumped out and it was good enough to stay and show well for everyone. Soon afterwards a second bird showed up and proceeded to feed two chicks in a nest about a hundred metres up the road. Also at this spot were two or three Sparkling Violetears performing aerial displays, a female Red-tailed Comet and a pair of D'Orbigny's Chat-Tyrants.

Once we gained a little more altitude we began to encounter some large finch flocks, and among the hundreds of Ash-breasted Sierra-Finches we found perhaps 40 Puna Yellow-Finches and about 20 Mourning Sierra-Finches. Higher up, near the top of the pass we found about 10 Andean Swallows and a mixed flock of Black and Thick-billed Siskins. Black-hooded Sierra-Finches showed well, Andean Hillstars whizzed about and an Andean Condor passed overhead.

After retracing our steps to Humahuaca for lunch we drove south to our next accommodation near Jujuy, and any place where you can watch Fork-tailed Flycatchers and White Monjitas from the bathroom window is gong to be a hit with birders! We took a short walk along the road and found Stripe-capped Sparrow, Yellow-browed Tyrant, Small-billed Elaenia, Black-capped and Black-and-chestnut Warbling-Finches, Sooty-fronted and Stripe-crowned Spinetails and White-bellied Tyrranulet, while flocks of Mitred Parakeets passed noisily overhead.

October 28th

This morning we travelled a short distance to Yala. Dusky-legged Guan and Crested Oropendola were spotted beside the road. In light drizzle – our first rain of the entire trip – we watched a pair of Torrent Ducks with two well-grown young. We had great views of several Red-faced Guans. The drizzle soon cleared and was replaced by sunny spells as we made our way up the track. Fulvous-headed Brush-Finches showed well, as did Black-backed Grosbeak, singing Spot-breasted Thornbird and Sclater's Tyrranulet. Further along the road we found more Torrent Ducks, plus Rough-legged Tyrranulet, Golden-winged Cacique, Mountain Wren, Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner and Cinnamon Flycatcher.

As we gained further height we had excellent views of Rufous-capped Antshrike, several Slender-tailed Woodstars and a Piratic Flycatcher, while a Peregrine Falcon and a pair of Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles engaged in aerial combat. At higher altitude still we found Rusty Flowerpiercer, a pair of Cream-backed Woodpeckers and a superb Rust-and-yellow Tanager which rounded off a brilliant morning's birding.

In the afternoon we walked along the road from the accommodation and found Toco Toucan, Streaked Flycatcher, Ultramarine Grosbeak, a pair of Grey-necked Wood-Rails, Roadside Hawk, Cattle Tyrant and White-crested Elaenia. At dusk we returned to Yala and enjoyed views of both male and female Lyre-tailed Nightjars perched and in flight – what a way to end another great day.

October 29th

An early morning birding walk around the property where we were staying was very productive with a pair of Toco Toucans, Large Elaenia, calling Giant Antshrike and a pair of Cream-backed Woodpeckers in addition to the 'regulars' such as Yellow-browed Tyrant, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Fork-tailed Flycatcher and 100 or more Mitred Parakeets. A short drive along the road and we enjoyed good views of Dusky-legged Guans and scope views of Short-tailed Hawk in flight.

Back at Yala we had some unfinished business regarding Andean Slaty-Thrush, and it didn't take long before a singing bird showed well. We also had good views of some of yesterday's star birds, including a pair of Torrent Ducks, several Plush-crested Jays and a pair of Fulvous-headed Brush-Finches. A fitting finale to the tour came in the shape of a Rufous-throated Dipper which showed well along the same stretch of river as the Torrent Ducks – it was great to get another look at one of the best birds of the tour and one of the specialities of this amazing part of Argentina. In the afternoon we flew back to Buenos Aires and stayed in the city overnight.

October 30th

In the morning we travelled out to the international airport to catch our flight back to London. On the way we had our final glimpses of common Argentinian birds such as Rufous Hornero, Southern Lapwing, Monk Parakeet, Rufous-bellied Thrush and Southern and Chimango Caracaras.

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