Thursday, February 4, 2010

Magellanic Woodpecker


Magellanic Woodpecker, originally uploaded by billy3001.
In January 2008, my partner Daniel and I traveled to Patagonia. Of course, we were hoping to observe the Magellanic Woodpecker. It took us quite a while to find them. We asked at the hostel in El Chaltén, "Where can we find these birds?" A knowledgeable person told us to drive to Lago del Desierto where there is a magnificent old growth forest. We went. And, finally, here was our first look at one, a female bird. I had no idea whether we'd be able to get closer to them or not. We did get closer, and it was a wonderful thing!

Photo taken in Lago/Laguna del Desierto, Argentina.

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