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19/07/2006
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News from the field - Dec 2005

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News from the field - Dec 2005

Some of the noteworthy records that our team obtained during 2005 include Hooded Grebe, Huayco and Puna Tinamous, Ruddy-headed Goose, Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Rufous-tailed Hawk, Red-faced Guan, South-American Painted Snipe, Buff-fronted Owl, Rothschild's Swift, White-bearded Antshrike, Rufous-throated Dipper, Yellow Cardinal, Chaco Pipit and Pampas Meadowlark. All the Argentine endemics were found during our tours, including the recently split and now country endemic White-browed Tapaculo.

Another highly sought-after species that deserves a special mention is Rufous-tailed Hawk (see photo). An immature was found by Marcelo de Cruz and Juan Mazar Barnett at Tierra del Fuego NP. It was seen well and digiscoped right by the camping area, visited by hundreds every day. The same trip produced excellent views of Rufous-legged Owl. Juan has also traveled extensively in Brazil. Six trips produced several interesting sightings, such as several Harpy Eagles, Zigzag Heron, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, eight species of macaws, Manned Wolf, Giant Anteater and Ocelot to mention a few.

Also in Tierra del Fuego, White-bellied Seedsnipe were seen by German Pugnali, after a not so strenuous trek above the tree line. A pair was recorded at the very same spot that was GPSed in 2004... That we call loyalty!

In the windswept steppes of Patagonia Santiago Imberti did well, as usual. Added to the incredible skills with his home region's specialties, he found a Dunlin in Santa Cruz province, the second country record.

In this same area we have been working with two of the most wanted birds in the world: Austral Rail and Hooded Grebe. In 1998 we rediscovered the former and found a breeding site for the later. Since then, members of our team have been mapping the range of the rail, which proved to be more widespread than previously thought. Some of the new sites increased the chances of showing this skulker to many happy birders. The situation of the grebe is different. We noticed declines in their numbers, probably due to the introduction of trout. Besides warning the ornithological community, our resident guides are permanently looking for alternative sites.

Surely the effective addition of Maurice Rumboll to our team will provide a big help. The legendary naturalist, discoverer of Hooded Grebe, old school trainer of national parks wardens, writer, and Antarctic expeditionary, is acting as a leader in our natural history tours.

At Iguazú, Ignacio Roesler found a Black Hawk-Eagle, soaring over the forest of the "devil's throat". A rare sight in Argentina. Most recently, he found a new locality for the Bolivian Earthcreeper, first recorded in Argentina by Juan Mazar Barnett in 2003.

Night birds are one of Hernán Casañas best abilities. He and his groups had full frame views of Lyre-tailed Nightjars in northwestern Argentina, as well as Black-banded, Buff-fronted Owl and Hoy's Screech- Owls. On another trip the group was treated to incredible views of the poorly known Pampas Cat.

Ezequiel Núñez Bustos, our butterfly specialist is currently writing a new identification guide to the butterflies of Iguazú. After two years of field work there, he recorded over 500 species of diurnal butterflies, 55 of them new to Argentina.

One of Hernán Rodriguez Goñi best abilities is wildlife photography. New campaigns added to his inventory of more than 10,000 photos, including many birds, wildlife and landscapes that are now available for the promotion of our client's tours.

We also had great birds in Costanera Sur Nature Reserve. Our guided tours and the new bird observatory sponsored by Swarovsky, Birders Exchange, Aves Argentinas and Seriema Nature Tours, resulted in several noteworthy sightings: Ringed Teal, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Checkered Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon and Diademed Tanager... And only 5 minutes away from our office in Buenos Aires!

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