It couldn’t have been easier

Cities satisfy our needs to visit interesting museums; choose between great restaurants we can actually afford; and window shop along tree-lined avenues. But that’s not quite enough for us. We require parks, water, and birds as well – which doesn’t always work in dense urban areas. Could our stay in Buenos Aires even come close to satisfying us?

We reserved an apartment in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. On our first morning in Argentina, we headed toward the series of parks strung across northern Palermo. We knew to keep our expectations in check for what we might encounter.

Parrakeet, Monk

Most people don’t head for cities to watch birds, but the birds in these parks proved cooperative. What a delight to spot a flock of monk parakeets feeding on the lawn.

Rufous-collared sparrows live throughout most of Central and South America. We’ve seen them many, many times before but rarely this close to photograph.

Rufous-collared sparrows live throughout most of Central and South America. We’ve seen them many, many times before but rarely this close to photograph.

We made several trips back to the park while we stayed in Palermo, knowing we’d see birds. With a new guidebook for birds of Argentina that we’d found in a local bookstore, we were ready. Most of the birds stayed close by and long enough for us to ID them.

The water drew many birds, and while not really a glamorous bird, we were quite taken with this one’s name: cattle tyrant.

The water drew many birds, and while not really a glamorous bird, we were quite taken with this one’s name: cattle tyrant.

A large number of water birds reside at the pond. New to us were the yellow-billed (speckled) teal.

A large number of water birds reside at the pond. New to us were the yellow-billed (speckled) teal.

The more birds we saw and identified, the more encouraged we were to look for new birds we’d not seen before.

Out of habit, we usually ignore city pigeons and doves, but in Buenos Aires we saw different species, like these Picazuro pigeons with intricate marking on their necks.

Out of habit, we usually ignore city pigeons and doves, but in Buenos Aires we saw different species, like these Picazuro pigeons with intricate marking on their necks.

A flock of eared doves enjoyed a bath in a one of the ponds.

A flock of eared doves enjoyed a bath in a one of the ponds.

We never think of urban areas as great places for wildlife observation, so our experience in the parks in Palermo surprised us. It wasn’t just the fact that there were so many birds in the parks, but the fact that they were so easy to see. For beginners who want to see unfamiliar birds – and then to ID them – the parks were a rare find. For us – it couldn’t have been easier.

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One of the most common birds to see – and great at posing for the camera – was the great kiskadee.

 

 

September 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to It couldn’t have been easier

  1. petakaplan says:

    Great photos. I love love birdwatching. So great!

  2. plaidcamper says:

    Wonderful photographs – particularly of the parakeet! As for the nondescript little bird, if you can’t compete with a beautiful parakeet, then go all in with your name – cattle tyrant! I had to smile…

  3. Great bird photos. They were certainly cooperative and you did well to capture them so nicely.

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