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Common Diuca-Finch and White-throated Cacholote near Perito Moreno/ Patagonia

BraunsteißdiucaA Common Diuca-Finch (Diuca diuca), sits on a fallen trunk of a Lenga Beech tree (Nothofagus pumilio) and is very nice to photograph. I already had a new twitch in my birdlist at the “campsite”, and I was able to report it quite unexpectedly. It is clearly recognizable by the white, black-framed chin, a White-throated Cacholote (Pseudoseisura gutturalis) of the nominate subspecies gutturalis. The White-throated Cacholote is currently working on an old, discarded milk carton. Then I can still take a very nice picture of the bird sitting on a branch. After aht the journey continues over a rather monotonous Patagonian plateau.

After staying in El Chalten at the Los Glaciares National Park and the great birds at Lago del Desierto with, among other things, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter (Phytotoma rara) and Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) I am making my way to Perito Moreno. Near Bajo Caracoles, I find a gas station like something out of an American road movie.

I decide to go to the Cuevas de los Manos. Friends are really right: if you are already in the remote vicinity of this cultural heritage, you should actually look at it. So I’m driving a 50km gravel road to a World Heritage. The breathtaking landscape, the Canyon of the Rio Pintado among that, turns out to be an attraction. The evening sun breaks through the thick clouds. The often changing weather and strong wind are a constant companion in Patagonia and add to the Continue reading Common Diuca-Finch and White-throated Cacholote near Perito Moreno/ Patagonia