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Puerto Deseado, Argentina (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Puerto Deseado, Argentina

Map of Puerto Deseado, Argentina

South American Terns, Isla Pajaros Magellanic Penguins, Isla Pinguinos Rockhopper Penguins, Isla Pinguino Snowy Sheathbills, Isla Pinguinos Red-legged Cormorant, Puerto Deseado

Puerto Deseado sits on a long fjord-like estuary. On the outskirts of town are many penguin colonies, Sea birds are plentiful in this area. There are quite a few places that you can get to with a long walk or a taxi ride.



2/14/2005: We came to Puerto Deseado hoping to arrange a trip to the penguin island. The first couple of days were not looking good, there were not enough people to fill the boat. Finally, we heard that some Germans were coming to visit the island. There was great birdlife all around the outskirts of town. This is one of the places that Darwin visited on the Beagle.

Previous Visit (Los Antiguos: 2/11/2005)
Next Visit (Valdes Peninsula: 2/16/2005)

Species Recorded (29)

Birds ( 28 )

Penguins ( Spheniscidae )
Rockhopper Penguin - Eudyptes chrysocome
Magellanic Penguin - Spheniscus magellanicus

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Great Grebe - Podiceps major

Shearwaters and Petrels ( Procellariidae )
Southern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes giganteus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Imperial Cormorant - Leucocarbo atriceps
Magellanic Cormorant - Leucocarbo magellanicus
Neotropic Cormorant - Nannopterum brasilianum
Red-legged Cormorant - Poikilocarbo gaimardi

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Chilean Flamingo - Phoenicopterus chilensis

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Upland Goose - Chloephaga picta
Crested Duck - Lophonetta specularioides
Red Shoveler - Spatula platalea
Flying Steamer-Duck - Tachyeres patachonicus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Rufous-chested Dotterel - Charadrius modestus
Southern Lapwing - Vanellus chilensis

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
Blackish Oystercatcher - Haematopus ater
Magellanic Oystercatcher - Haematopus leucopodus
American Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus

Sheathbills ( Chionididae )
Snowy Sheathbill - Chionis albus

Jaegers and Skuas ( Stercorariidae )
Brown Skua - Stercorarius antarcticus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Kelp Gull - Larus dominicanus
Dolphin Gull - Leucophaeus scoresbii
South American Tern - Sterna hirundinacea
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich Tern - Thalasseus sandvicensis

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Patagonian Mockingbird - Mimus patagonicus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Long-tailed Meadowlark - Leistes loyca


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