Unknown territory

Young bird in Puerto Madryn

Going to a new continent is always a really strange experience for a bird watcher. Suddenly he feels a novice again, green as grass without a clue what those birds are he sees. One can prevent this by studying hard, browsing though several bird books of the new area. However, I spent most of my time preparing for the Antarctic season and didn’t really pay much attention to what I could expect in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. So now here I am. Nearly every bird I see is completely new for me -I saw several House Sparrows and Feral Pigeons- and I don’t even know what is rare or common. It actually feels nice. Gives you a fresh idea on how to look at birds. And not having a bird guide with me, makes me look even better at the birds as I have to describe them so I can look them up later. And it also prevents me too look in the guide all the time, as ID’ing birds you have no clue about can be a very time consuming business.

So I have no idea what kind of bird this is. Up here it’s fairly common and not shy at all. This one, I assume a young individual, let me come close enough to let me take this picture. When I’m back at home I’ll have a look what species this is (or maybe I can read it in the comments underneath 😉 ).

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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