We travelled to Ushuaia by plane from our home in Buenos Aires to do
the trails of the National Park and see the glorious autumn colors.
I also had hope of getting photos of some hard-to-see species that I
had missed in 2008.
During the 6 days we had in Ushuia we covered the following:
Sunday 13: Arrival, car rental, shop for provisons, check-in
and then rush to the mountain and up the ski lift to get up the Martial
glacier. Here I was able to see and take photos of the scarce White-bellied
Seedsnipe, a lifer for me. Other species I got phtoso of: Bar-winged
Cinclodes and Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant.
Monday 14: We drove (essentially east) along Ruta "J",
passing by Harberton and on much further to Estancia Moat. We had some
rain both ways, but it did not stop us from having a great time. Best
photos: White-throated Treerunner, Sedge Wren, Fire-eyed Ducon and Dark-bellied
Tuesday 15: Check out the start of the Lapataia river (mouth
of Lago Roca) for another lifer: Spectacled Duck, which I was able to
photograph. After this we returned east to Ensenada, from where we set
off on the coastal trail, getting about mid-way before we had to turn
back in the evening. Best photos: Upland Goose and Flightless Steamer-Duck.
Wednesday 16: After a second go at the Spectacled Ducks we set
off on a trail that borderes Lago Roca, reaching the frontier point,
or "hito". On this trail I got another lifer: Patagonian Tyrant.
Also got good shots of Magellanic Woodpecker, and did what I could with
Austral Parakeet near the start of the trail.
Thursday 17: We walked various trails in the Lapataia area. Here
I did many scenic photos showing the autumn colors, and also of small
leaves in various stages of color change. On the trail that starts where
the road ends I got photos of Crested Duck and Magellanic Tapaculo.
Friday 18: In the morning I drove off alone to visit the trash
dump, where I got photos of Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle and White-throated
Caracara. In the afternoon we returned to the National Park to explore
the Río Pipo area, but the weather was not too nice. I got good
photos of Austral Blackbird. After that we parked again at Ensenada
and did 400 meters of the costal trail to say goodbye to the Beagle
Saturday 19: We took our morning flight back to BA
BIRDING RESULTS OF THE TRIP
I got 4 lifers (White-bellied Seedsnipe, Spectacled Duck, Patagonian
Tyrant and Southern Fulmar) of which I was able to take photos of 3
(all but the fulmar). In total I recorded 56 species.
- Panasonic Lumix FZ30 compact w/ x1.7 teleconverter + Vivitar 285 HV
- Nikon P6000 compact for digiscoping using home-made adaptor and cable
- Vixen Geoma II ED 67 A scope with x30 wide eyepiece
- iPod Touch for some HD video
- Canon SD1100
IS pocket cmaera for scencis, flowers and leaves
- Manfrotto 190XB tripod with 700RC2 head, used for scope.
Many thanks for visiting this page! Alec
Copyright (C) 2011 - A. Earnshaw
You might also like to see the report of our 2008 visit to Ushuaia with
more bird photos - click HERE