Down South: Valparaiso

This year's expedition took us from Valparaiso, down the Chilean coast, round Cape Hoorn and into Port Stanley bay, returning via Puerto Marin and Peninsula Valdes (Argentina) to Buenos Aires.

While in Valparaiso, we took the opportunity to visit a vineyard in the nearby Casa Blanca valley. The vineyard was also a popular place with Southern Lapwings.

A Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
Valparaiso harbour provided a home for a variety of sea-birds, including Cormorants, Gulls and Terns.

A Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus tries to get airborne ....

..... and finally succeeds.

Probably a non-breeding South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea.
... and as we headed south out of Valparaiso, there was still plenty to see.

A Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus crosses paths with a Tern.

Two Pelicans Pelecanus thagus escorted by a Booby Sula variegata.
The Pelicans and the Booby were frequently changing places in the formation.

Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus.
Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus.

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