Tierra del Fuego National Park offers a variety of environments. It’s a great place to spend one full day exploring trails through the dense Southern Beech Forest.
It's home of the impressive Magellanic Woodpecker, the White-throated Treerunner and the delightful Thorn-tailed Rayadito. On rivers and lakes there are good chances for Ducks, such as the Spectacled Duck. Great Grebe, Flying Steamer-Ducks among others are also possible. We will search above our heads for the majestic king of the Andes, the Condor.
Excellent choice to appreciate wildlife colonies on islands.
While sailing, different sea birds can be observed, such as: Black-browed Albatross, Southern Giant-Petrel, Southern Fulmar and South American Tern. On the islands we will focus on Rock and Blue-eyed Cormorant, Flightless Steamer Duck, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Snowy Sheathbill, Chilean Skua and a good chance for Blackish Cinclodes. On Martillo Island we'll get excellent views of the Magellanic Penguin and the Gentoo Penguin. Sometimes it's also possible to see King Penguin.
The city surroundings offer a great flexibility for the birdwatcher and photographer needs.
There are good spots along the coast to find Kelp Goose, Ashy-headed Goose, Flying and Flightless Steamer-Duck, Magellanic and Blackish Oystercatchers, and Dolphin Gull among others. We will be able to have excellent views of these birds. Visiting the nearby forest trails we will have chances for Austral Blackbird, White-crested Elaenia, Austral Negrito, Long-tailed Meadowlark and others. It also worth a visit to Bahia Encerrada Urban Reserve, where Magellanic Snipe breeds.
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It is a good combination of environments, forest, grassland, sea coast, and islands. We depart from Ushuaia, with good chances for many forest birds including Fire-eyed Diucon and Magellanic Woodpecker.
At the Beagle Channel we will have excellent views of some of the most emblematic coastal birds such as Kelp Goose, Flightless Steamer-Duck, etc. At Harberton Ranch we will get on board a zodiac towards the Penguin Colony at Martillo Island. It is a great place to have close-ups to Magellanic Penguins and Gentoo Penguins, plus other birds like Chilean Skua.
Great way to enjoy the high Andes. We will leave town and drive towards Garibaldi Pass with chances for some birding on the way.
Once above the timberline we will search for some of the specialties of the Andes such as Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant, Ochre-napped Ground-Tyrant, White-throated Caracara and beautiful Yellow-bridled Finch. We'll also search for the really scarce White-bellied Seed-snipe. Many times Andean Condor is viewed. Being the pass quite low in elevation helps birds in flight to go over the Andes, Black-faced Ibis and Geese are often seen.
We depart Ushuaia driving northwards and crossing the snow-capped Andes range providing excellent views. At Rio Grande we will search northern grassland and lagoons for birds such as Magellanic Plover, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Ruddy-headed Goose, Austral Canastero, Chilean Flamingo, Chocolate-vented Tyrant,
Short-billed Miner, Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Two-banded Plover, Least Seedsnipe, Austral Canastero, and others. According to tides we will spend some time along the Atlantic coast, where several shorebirds are possible to find.
Esteban Daniels is the CEO and founder of Birding Ushuaia, a professional service-focused and specialized tour company with a vast knowledge of Nature Tours based in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. He is leading a group of young professional tour guides dedicated to the expansion of experiences available for nature lovers.
Raised in Tierra del Fuego, he currently resides in its capital city, Ushuaia. He has a degree in Tourism and works mainly as a professional tour guide, specialized in birdwatching, nature and wildlife photography.
He grew up in a sheep farm where he developed his love and passion for nature and wildlife. He loves exploring Patagonia with his wife Susana and his son Juan. Trekking, camping, skiing and landscape photography are some of the activities they share together, which is why he knows the best locations to find birds in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia along with the many trips he has done throughout the years as a tour leader.
He also dedicates time to projects related to conservation, education, and sustainable tourism. Along with a group of equally passionate local nature lovers, he proposed the establishment of the first urban reserve in town. This strategic place, located downtown, covers 35 hectares of grassland, wetlands, and an enclosed bay; becoming the perfect location for birdwatchers and photographers alike. As the founder and active member of the local birdwatching club, he has guided student groups along the reserve for many years.