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- Seashore & Coastal Wetlands

Introduction

With more than 4000 Km. (about 2500 miles) of coast in the South Pacific, Chile has almost every imaginable seaside environment, from sandy and rocky beaches to steep cliffs to intertidal mudflats to pebble shore to dunes to river deltas to sheltered harbours, you name it. The Coastal Avifauna is as diverse as these habitats, and besides the local populations of Birds that are found throughout the year, there are a number of summer migrants which visit our coasts from around September to April, escaping from the Northern winter to feed and rest in our coasts, gathering energy reserves for their return trips to their breeding grounds. The coastal plain in Central Chile is formed mainly by alluvial deposits from the rivers that run westward from the Andes. These rivers have carved many basins giving birth to a number of lakes and ponds as well as marshes and swamps, and as they reach the sea they turn into broad estuaries with many particular habitats from mudflats to dunes to reed-covered banks, habitats which are very productive and exhibit a wide diversity of life forms, with Birds occupying, of course, a very conspicuous place among them. Some of them live in almost all of these habitats, while others inhabit only very restricted environments.


Info about the trip: We´ll visit a breeding colony of Humboldt Penguin as well as a great number of seabirds like: Peruvian Pelican, Peruvian Booby, Neotropic Cormorant, Guanay Cormorant, Red-legged Cormorant, Kelp Gull, Grey Gull, Inca Tern, Blackish Oystercatcher, Gray-flanked Cinclodes and the endemic Chilean Seaside Cinclodes ("the most maritime of all passerine birds"), to name just a few. We´ll also going to see many birds that are related with the coastal environment including: Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Chimango Caracara, Great Shrike-Tyrant, Austral Negrito, Chilean Swallow, Rufous-collared Sparrow, Long-tailed Meadowlark and many more. Then, we´ll go to a particular wetland and search for the beautiful Many-colored Rush-Tyrant as well as many other species like: Great Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Dark-bellied Cinclodes, Speckled Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Chiloe Wigeon, Lake Duck, Red Shoveler, Red-gartered Coot, Red-fronted Coot, White-winged Coot, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Plumbeous Rail and many more.

Tour highlights

  • Prices: From US$100 up to US$390 per person. Including: English-speaking Ornithologist and Birding Guide, lunch-box, private transportation and entrance fees.


    Meet and depart: Santiago or Valparaiso/Viña del Mar.


    Dates: All year.


Seashore & Coastal Wetlands - up to 10 hours