Argentinean wildlife, mostly in Patagonia

Here in the austral region (southern, not just Australian), we came across birds that looked like the ones we saw last year in Australia.

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These are rheas, we think, not ostriches or emus. Rheas have three toes per foot and ostriches only two. We couldn’t get close enough to count.

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The little pichiy armadillo was digging for his dinner. In the protected Laguna Nimez Reserve, he would not become someone’s dinner. Elsewhere he might be in trouble.

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Llama, alpaca, guanaco, or vicuna, we’re not sure. We need to ask “Is your mama a llama?”

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Most likely a guanaco, not a llama.

Where’s the beef? We had plenty of beef in restaurants, but as we drove around Argentina, we couldn’t find many cows. We did see lots of horses and a few gauchos as well as shy llama-looking creatures that ran quickly away from our cameras.

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A few sheep. Lamb and goats are popular when cooked on the asador grill.

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Lots of burros. Some of the trekking into the mountains requires packing two-burro loads.

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Many of the horses seemed to be roaming wild.

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Modern-day gauchos rounded up their criollo horses for tourists to have cabalgatas rides.

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Foxes are very common in Patagonia. This one was stretching in the sun right next to us with no worries we would engage in a fox hunt.

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A snowy egret at the Rosedal park in Buenos Aires.

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Southern lapwing, gray from a distance and multicolored close up

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Michael’s golf course buddies, maybe ashy-headed geese. They acted the same as Canadian geese on the fairways, leaving lots of droppings.

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Geese rousted from the 18th-hole water hazard at Llao Llao golf course.

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A carancho or caracara bird of prey. We also saw condors high in the sky, too fast to photograph.

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Probably upland geese, strolling through Laguna Nimez Reserve.

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Black-necked swans. Who is the ugly pink duckling?

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Chilean (pink) flamingos and their reflections on Lago Argentina in El Calafate

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Plenty of bees to pollinate the lavender.

We did see trout too, but only on our plates. Trucha from the Patagonian streams is very popular and quite tasty.

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These aren’t really wildlife, but whenever we stepped off the roadside in Patagonia, these little burrs “jumped” onto our shoes and clothes.

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Just another day in Patagonia with a guanaco and a rhea in front of Mount Fitz Roy.

On to Chile…

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