Patagonia is certainly a land of extremes. This southernmost tip of the American continent is a geographical region that covers the south of Argentina and Chile and has such diverse habitats as arid steppes, Southern Beech forests and of course the seashores of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Divided into a wet southern and western slope and a dry eastern slope by the Andean range, Patagonia is one part of South America that offers an outstanding diversity of birds, with some 60 species almost restricted, or endemic to this unique region.

Argentine Endemics & Seabirds

Tour duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Eastern Patagonia is a land of vast solitudes. It is here where the arid steppes of the Patagonian Plateau reach the Atlantic Ocean. Tall sedimentary cliffs frame endless gravel beaches in this area, providing shelter to innumerable seabirds and marine mammals that make their home in these remote, barren shores. Eastern Patagonia’s unique wilderness allures naturalists the world over, imprinting strong memories in the minds of many remarkable ones like Charles Darwin, Gerald Durrell, William Henry Hudson and Sir David Attenborough. Books like The Voyage of the Beagle, The Whispering Land and Idle Days in Patagonia, and documentaries like the chapter of BBC’s The Trials of Life featuring Orcas hunting sea lions on the shores of the Valdés Peninsula, reflect their personal experiences in this magical land.

Our tour starts in the northernmost edge of Patagonia, most precisely in Bahía Blanca, where the Pampas grasslands yield to thorny woodland and semi-arid Patagonian steppe. This area is particularly rich in bird species, with lots of Pampas species, but also localized specialties, including Pampas Meadowlark and Olrog’s Gull to name but a few. We will then continue south to Las Grutas and Puerto Madryn – some of the best birding spots in Patagonia– where endemics and near endemics like White-throated Cacholote, Rusty-backed Monjita, Hudson’s Black Tyrant, Sandy Gallito, and Cinnamon Warbling Finch are all possible.

Our journey continues south towards Comodoro Rivadavia, exploring the Atlantic coast. There are more than one million penguins nesting, raising their young and moulting their feathers in north eastern Chubut every year between September and April, so we will pay a visit to one of the main nesting colonies of Magellanic Penguinson Earth: Cabo Dos Bahías. There are many birds in this part of Patagonia that, given their highly restricted distribution range, are really unique. Among these, it is worth mentioning endemics like White-headed Steamer-Duck, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian Canastero and Carbonated Sierra-Finch.

We will finally visit the area of Puerto Deseado, in north eastern Santa Cruz Province. From the city of Puerto Deseado, we will have the opportunity to take a boat trip to go and visit Penguin Island. This solitary island is home to the only nesting colony of Southern Rockhopper Penguins on the Atlantic coast of South America. We will also explore the estuary of the Deseado River by boat. This is home to the most incredible array of seabirds, including such unique highlights as the only nesting colony of Red-legged Cormorant in Atlantic Patagonia.

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Barren shores of Atlantic Patagonia – Puerto Deseado – Luis Segura