After a couple of days in Santiago we flew to Punta Arenas in southern Chile. We arrived on a typically windy afternoon and met our local guide, Maritza and our driver Sergio. After claiming our luggage we boarded our little bus and headed north to Puerto Natales. There were many spring ponds along the road with lots of waterfowl including Yellow-billed Pintails, Chiloe Wigeon, and Speckled Teal. There were also more ponds with Chilean Flamingos than I had observed before. It is always a bit of a strange sight to see flamingos in a pond that could easily be somewhere between Miles City and Jordan in eastern Montana.
Male Upland Goose
There were many Lesser Rheas along the road, with Chimango and Southern Caracaras and an occasional Long-tailed Meadowlark. Upland Geese were omnipresent and many flocks of Black-faced (I prefer Buff-necked) Ibis were scattered along the way.
We arrived at Puerto Natales just about dark and had a great meal with the usual great Chilean wine at our hotel.