Friday 8 November 2013

More Magellanic Plovers and other waders, Tierra del Fuego.

Armed with information given to us by Ricardo Matus we set off for Laguna Verde just north of the airport at Porvenir on Tierra del Fuego. Our target was to see some more Magellanic Plovers and hoped that this time they'd be adults. Well, pretty much exactly where Ricardo told us to look we came across this fine specimen.
Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis: Laguna Verde, Tierra del Fuego.

Shortly after another joined the party and we enjoyed prolonged and intimate views of this bird. As we were leaving we came across another bird which could have been a third individual the other two having moved off in the opposite direction.
Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis: Laguna Verde, Tierra del Fuego.

Magellanic Plover taking off in order to chase off a Baird's Sandpiper that came too close for comfort.

We enjoyed some close looks too at Magellanic Oystercatcher and its unusual display.
Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus; Laguna Verde, Tierra del Fuego.

Magellanic Oystercatcher s displaying
We also had the chance to compare a Baird's and White-rumped Sandpiper side by side, a rare opportunity.
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii (L) and White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis.

This concluded our wader watching activities for the trip, and the long arduous journey home commenced.

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