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August 24, 2008

Birding Costanera Sur: Buenos Aries, Argentina

Filed under: Argentina,Birds — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
White-tufted Grebe

White-tufted Grebe

Buenos Aries, a huge modern city, is blessed with a wonderful nature reserve within walking distance of the downtown hotels, the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve. The reserve itself is made great use of by the people of the city, and due to the constant human traffic, the wildlife has become accustomed to people and will frequently allow a close approach.

In November, the reserve opens at 8 AM, but if you wanted to get an early start, you can easily fill a few productive hours walking along the canals in front.The Rail family is well represented with Common Moorhen, White-winged, Red-gartered and Red-fronted Coots, Spot-flanked Gallinule,as well as Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Giant Wood-Rail, and Plumbeous Rail.

Yellow-winged Blackbird, Limpkin, White-faced and Green Ibis can also be found in the reedy portion. Brown-hooded Gull are abundant as well as Gray-headed and the occasional Olrug’s. Wattled Jacana are very tame, almost walking on the feet of passersby. Across the road, you should find Guira Cuckoo, Picazurro Pigeon , and Eared and Picui Ground-Dove, along with the squawk of Monk Parakeets. Rufous Hornero were very common. Spotting a Southern Screamer on a small island was a treat.

Green-barred Woodpecker

Green-barred Woodpecker

As you go in the main entrance of the park, look for Green Kingfisher along the water’s edge. The roadside trees also contain Rufous-bellied and Creamy-bellied Thrushes, and White-eyed Parakeet. Screaming, ShinyBay-winged Cowbirds can be found, and Rufous-collared Sparrow are very common. You might also expect Black-and-chestnut and Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch. Solitary Cacique and and Hooded Siskin were found in the shrubs.

The Grebes present included Least, White-tufted, Pied-billed and Silvery. The White-backed Stilt, formerly considered a subspecies of the Black-necked Stilt, was also present.

The Reserve is made up of a number of looped trails around various habitat including a couple of reed fringed lakes.On the east edge it is bounded by the sea. Among the species to be found are Spectacled Tyrant, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Pied Water-Tyrant, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Gray Monjita, Vermilion Flycatcher, Great Pampa-Finch, Saffron Finch, Red-capped and Yellow-billed Cardinal.

Among the many species of waterfowl are Fulvous and White-faced Whistling-Duck. Black-necked and Coscoroba Swan, Crested Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Silver and Cinnamon Teal, Red Shoveler, Rosy-billed Pochard, and Black-headed and Lake Duck.

I could happily spend a week here but the day and a half was very productive.

In Buenos Aries, I stayed at the Hotel Goya, 748 Suipacha, Buenos Aries.which was 20 minutes walk from the reserve.In October, 2004, the cost was $41U.S. per night and a taxi to the international airport was $14US. You can email them at . Telephone/fax 4322-9311.I would recommend it.

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