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    • mtanenbaum
      Wow, those pictures of the condors are incredible! And I didn't know our California poppies had moved to Chile. I always look forward  to seeing them here in California since they bloom all over my neighborhood.
    • TonyQ
      Farellones is a ski resort (though not at this time of year). There are blocks of apartments , and the Andean Condors take advantage of. Cristian wanted to be here at a particular time of day so that the light would be good and the Condors would be coming in to land on the blocks. A Mountain Caracara also flew overhead Viw from the resort - apartment block on the left Immature Condor flying in Immature (lack of White Collar) Adult Adult We could also see them very close on the roof of the apartments   We were amazed by the colours of the Adult Male (Courtship?)   The views of the Condors was far better than we expected we would ever have – they were absolutely stunning.
    • TonyQ
      And a few more White-throated Tapaculpo A Lizard Lots of California Poppies - look nice but they are an invasive introduced species Lesser Horned Owl roosting inside depth of tree
    • TonyQ
      This is our fourth visit to South America (Ecuador, Peru a long time ago; Brazil 9 years) but this is the first time we would describe ourselves as birders. The Pantanal started to push us that way but this time for parts of the trip we did focus on birds.   We booked four days of private guiding through   https://albatross-birding.com/   Day 1 we would explore the Highlands and Alpine areas above Santiago. Our guide (Cristian Pinto Fernandez) picked us up at 06.30. I will say more about Cristian later, but in summary he was superb!   Santiago is beautifully situated with the Andes towering above the city. We headed out through Valle Nevado and in the general direction of Farellones, stopping at many places that Cristian knew well. He knew the sites really well and what birds were likely to be there. He was also very good at helping us see them! Beginning of the hills Harris's Hawk Mourning Sierra-Finch Austral Pygmy Owl Another scene on the way up Giant Hummingbird - I think this is the first Hummingbird I have seen
    • TonyQ
      Chile is a long way from the UK! British Airways fly direct 4 days per week – a 14 ½ hour flight (I believe it is the longest flight they do). There is a three-hour time difference from London (I expected it to be more).   Santiago airport was efficient and well staffed, but a couple of things to watch out for.   Part of the entry process gives you a PDI form (Policía De Investigaciones De Chile). It is a small bit of paper a bit like a shop receipt, but it is important. You need it when you check in to hotels, and when you leave the country. Keep it in your passport and take a photo of it.   Secondly, Chile is very strict about the importation of foodstuffs. If you want to take any in, declare it to customs (there is a form “SAG Affidavit” ) and they will decide if you can take it in. Trying to take food in without declaring can result in a visit to a police station and a large fine!   We took a taxi to our hotel – Hilton Vitacura (very good). They let us check in early, and upgraded our room which was very nice of them. (We booked the hotels, except Torred del Paine on the internet). After a quick lunch we wanted to get out and stretch our legs and so we got a taxi to Parque Bicentenario. We would walk through the park, enjoy some fresh air and practice using our cameras again on any suitable birds we would see. A few examples Chimango Caracara Austral Thrush with a good hairdo Chilean Mockingbird Pied-billed Grebe Monk Parakeet (not native but now established   This was a very pleasant way to ease into the country.   After this (and a long flight) we were pretty tired so we visited the Hotel bar Brewed in Patagonia, and very good! and then had a good meal in the hotel restaurant. An early night as we would be getting up early (05.30) to meet our bird guide for the next few days.
    • TonyQ
      @Towlersonsafarithank you - I can imagine you singing that! Thank you @michael-ibkI am sure you would enjoy it @offshorebirderthank you -yes we have been making up for a few years of missed trips! @Zubbie15@Atravelynn@Atdahl@Wildshipthank you @Zim Girlthank you - they are amazing birds @jeffbthank you and good luck @Miss Biscuitthank you - yes Windy indeed! @jeremiethank you. We used Albatross for the birding around Santiago. We used Far South for the Puma tracking section. I will discuss guides and trackers in the report
    • John M.
      Paco, thanks to Lynn I've just discovered your report (ST is so, so big, sometimes overwhelming).  Fascinating photos, and wonderfully comprehensive descriptions.  
    • Atravelynn
      Fabulous Western Lowland Gorilla pictures.  The setting of up in the tree adds an appealing element to the shots.  I'm glad their disease does not appear to be fatal but how disappointing they have to endure it all, especially since humans likely gave it to them.  Your group of transition shots are a bouquet of images.  I view ST on a big desktop screen and all shots lined up nicely.  Your report is a wealth of knowledge for any other intrepid travelers!  
    • Atravelynn
      Fantastic Giant Anteater with "pup."  You conquered the low light.  The first shots of the Tamandua look like an animated children's show. Nice to get it in the tree too.  You saw such a variety.  Did you go in July or August as you originally planned?  Glad it worked out for you eventually.  You started feeling sick?? Yikes. A short-lived bout I hope.
    • Atravelynn
      Intriguing start.  Great photos.
    • Atravelynn
      You'll get 'em next time!  But to even have that cover shot is quite amazing.
    • Atdahl
      Can't wait to read this one...
    • jeremie
      And some shorts...                                
    • jeremie
      And now few captions from the mighty Lango bai                
    • jeremie
      Few videos from the Lekoli river                        
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