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| p.1 #1 · Ice is nice but...lifer raptor encounter |
So the landscapes were really the clear winners on this trip for me. However we did get some nice images of a bird I had never seen or even heard of. When I think of a caracara, the Moe bird is what comes to mind. However the more common cararcara is the Chimugoro caracara which looks totally different. I had never even heard of it let alone seen or photographed one but there were 4 or five around. I do not think I have ever had encounters with wild raptors like this. I could have taken full frame iPhone photos they were so trusting. I have a few more that I will post in a separate post. These were taken at a bird sanctuary near where we stayed in El Carafate. It is a little gem that few seem to know about. There were 15-20 people there and the bird life was amazing. In about an 1 1/2 I must have taken photos of 10 different species but spent half the time with these guys. I was very frustrated by the in flight shots so I may post them in another post but am not real happy with the results.
But I will also post one more shot of the glacier.
So 4 days before we arrived the glacier had a major event which left this large separation between the main part and the smaller area on the left. People wait for years to watch this unfold and this particular event occurred at 4am in the pouring rain with no one around. It was witnessed by the park rangers on a video feed....too bad this happens just every so often. It is unpredictable and may not occur for 2-10 years! You can see the residue of the ice on the surface. Occasionally, small bergs would pop up as we watched.