21 January 2010
Roughly 28 hours after leaving Tucson, we finally arrived at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires. Our Argentina journey has begun!
We breezed through Customs at 4:30AM and hopped on the first shuttle to the Microcentro, a section of central Buenos Aires that we deemed closest to Costanera Sur. A couple of hours later, we were out birding. We got our first glimpses of common birds like Southern Lapwing and Picazuro Pigeon on the bus ride at dawn, and even on the walk from our hotel to the reserve enjoyed Rufous Horneros, Rufous-bellied Thrushes, and the aptly named Saffron Finch. We were especially excited to see an Orange-backed Troupial, a very rare bird away from the Formosa province of north-central Argentina...but of course it may very well have been an escaped pet. The reactions on the faces of the local birders after they saw our pictures of it, however, were priceless!
A male Saffron Finch, quite common throughout much of Argentina.
We tallied almost 60 species this first morning, enjoying common birds such as Chalk-browed Mockingbird, White-rumped Swallow, Green-barred Woodpecker, and Double-collared Seedeater. We also detected some species with more restricted ranges like Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch and Curve-billed Reedhaunter. All this smack dab in the middle of the largest city in Argentina!
View from Costanera Sur, looking back towards downtown Buenos Aires.
Jake also had a chance to test out his new digiscoping setup on this Whistling Heron and a charismatic Guira Cuckoo:
I think it's safe to say we're really going to enjoy birding this country for the next 2 months...
John Yerger/Jake Mohlmann
Adventure Birding Company