The extensive and pristine landscape of Argentine Patagonia is presented as a destination on the rise for those who enjoy bird watching, with proposals suitable for all audiences in summer and more challenging ones in winter, which attract advanced and professional observers who pursue , among other species, the macá tobiano, endemic to the region and in danger of extinction.
“In summer, the Patagonian coast is super interesting because there are birds that are not seen anywhere else in the world, such as the white-headed quetru, the chestnut and brown sperm whales, the Patagonian canastero, the sand cockerel and the little widow,” he explained. to Télam Francisco Táboas, scientific disseminator and member of the National Parks Administration (APN) by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
“These birds – continued the specialist – are typical of the country, they belong to the mountain ecoregion, which is halfway between the steppe and the spinal, and which is distributed diagonally, from the Patagonian coast of Río Negro and Chubut to “It jumps, crossing La Pampa, Mendoza and San Luis, without crossing into Bolivia.”
In summer, temperatures in Patagonia average between 20 and 25 degrees, a condition that allows you to enjoy outdoor activities, with vegetation that blooms in all its splendor and lakes and rivers that are filled with life.
“One of the most visited points by foreign and national tourists is the coast of Chubut, because on the same trip you see endemic birds that are in the hills and all the birds of the coast, such as penguins, cormorants, a lot of bugs. that are interesting from every point of view,” said Táboas.
Some notable destinations are Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdés; To the south, less than 325 kilometers, the city of Camarones, the Cabo dos Bahías protected natural area and Bahía Bustamante, a town in Alguero where less than fifty inhabitants live, and halfway there, the penguin colony of Punta Tombo.
In Santa Cruz, for example, Puerto Deseado has a record of 125 species of birds, among which are specimens of owls and, dominating the water, four species of cormorants, the petrel, skuas, albatrosses and terns. In front of Puerto Deseado is Penguin Island, where the yellow plume can be seen.
In winter, the Patagonian postcard is transformed into an impressive snowy landscape with sub-zero temperatures and frozen lakes, chosen by snow sports lovers and those who pursue the macá tobiano, “one of the difficult and most sought-after figurines, which can be seen at the mouth of the Santa Cruz River or on the plateaus of Lake Buenos Aires,” said Táboas.
“In that season, on the Patagonian coast, all species migrate, except for the tobiano and five or six other species,” he explained.
The route is complicated if you choose to go to the plateaus of Lake Buenos Aires, which constitutes “a fairly expensive and exclusive adventure, since it is only accessed by four-by-four and tours organized by fishing agencies,” added the specialist.
“You arrive at a hostile place, in a season when it is very cold, when everything is generally cloudy and you can see the macá from afar,” explained the specialist about an experience not suitable for all audiences, but that, given the threat of this species disappearing, summons a large group of observers every year.
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