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Huet-huet: observation in Patagonia

Patagonia is a country of contrasts. Patagonia, the storm-swept south end of the South American continent, does not only captivate nature photographers. The further south you go and the narrower the continent, the wider and more endless the landscape seems to become. Suddenly, rugged mountains protrude from the plain like fangs. Scraps of cloud hunt across the sky.

The way from El Chalten to Lago Desierto is pure Patagonia. When you arrive at Lake Desierto, an impressive panorama opens up. We do not hesitate to take a long walk. It goes along the north bank section of Lake Desierto. The path along the lake is little more than a path along the water. To do this we have to cross a very adventurous suspension bridge. The path passes hill and dale. But at some point I almost go crazy. Wow, that’s a Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) also just called Huet-huet for short. It just stands in front of us and then runs a few meters without any fear. Stays and scratches with his feet in the loose forest earth. I can’t keep up with my camera, which I finished in no time. The Nikon 2.8/ 300 lens with the Metz Blitz MZ-1i may not be the right choice. Again and again I have to go to the Huet-huet and chase it back away because the close-up limit has been undershot. The bird doesn’t take it from me. There must be a particularly productive spot on the forest floor. The Black-throated Huet-huet keeps coming back to the Continue reading Huet-huet: observation in Patagonia

Chucao Tapaculo in Patagonia

RotkehltapaculoA thicket of bamboo, ferns, mushrooms and moss in the interior of the forests of Patagonia offers many animals hiding places. The king of the forests is the Chucao Tapaculo (Scelorchilus rubecula), a small bird with an artistic and loud reputation typical of the rainforests of southern Chile. However, normally it lives very hidden and is therefore difficult to observe. I just tried it with a tape and sitting quietly in the dense rainforest of  the Pumalín Park/ Chile. The Tronador campsite north of Caleta Gonzalo is an excellent base to explore this park is its pristine Nothofagus forests. The campground is situated 46 kilometers north of the small town of Chaitén.

A combination of coldness and humidity is responsible for the formation of damp-temperate rainforests in southern Chile. Over a million years the forests were isolated by climatic and geographic conditions: the mountain massif of the Andes in the east, the dry climate in the north and the Pacific Ocean in the west. As a result, a unique animal and plant world developed in the forests. The Chilean rainforest stretches from the river Maule to the extreme tip of the country to Tierra del Fuego. Traveling from north to south, the annual average temperature drops from 12 to 5 degrees, but Continue reading Chucao Tapaculo in Patagonia