Chile, 2019

A week spent during the Chilean winter with the focal point being the total solar eclipse on the 2nd July. Not many opportunities to see birds - central Santiago, the Elqui Valley and at El Pangue Observatory waiting for the eclipse. I was happy to see these birds, all lifers. One other bird I saw in the far off distance was an Andean Condor; unmistakable due to its size, glide and huge wing span. 

Here's some of the splendid Chilean scenery and images of the solar eclipse


Austral Thrush  Band-tailed Sierra Finch Chilean Mockingbird Common Diuca-finch Eared Dove Green-backed Firecrown (another)

Grey-hooded Sierra Finch

Monk Parrot

Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail

Rufous-collared Sparrow (juv)

Turkey Vulture


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