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ULTIMATE CHILE

Monday 19th November - Saturday 8th December 2018

Dani Lopez-Velasco

The simply stunning Rufous-chested Dotterel (Dani Lopez-Velasco)

The simply stunning Rufous-chested Dotterel (Dani Lopez-Velasco)

Once again, our Ultimate Chile tour produced all of the mainland Chilean endemics, all eight tapaculos, some the size of a puffin, including walk-away views of both Chestnut-throated and Black-throated Huet-Huets, and an astonishing wader spectacle of 33 species, including Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Magellanic Plover, Peruvian Thick-knee, Tawny-throated and Rufous-chested Dotterels and Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe. Our two main pelagics, and various ferry crossings, delivered 17 species of tubenose with highlights of Southern Royal, Chatham and Buller´s Albatrosses, one of the first Shy (White-capped) Albatross records for Chile, and some Pincoya Storm Petrels. In all, we observed 280 species (of which 28 were only seen on the extension) plus some 16 species of mammal, among which, the rarely seen Huemul and delightful Commerson's Dolphin stood out. As we travelled almost the entire spine of Chile we sampled three major biomes including several vast wilderness areas, from the Atacama desert to the high Andes and through Patagonian forests to the Magellanic and Fuegian tundra steppe. Other unforgettable highlights, from north to south, included, the critically endangered Chilean Woodstar, Tamarugo Conebill, White-throated Earthcreeper, Andean and James's Flamingos, Magellanic Woodpecker, Burrowing Parrot, Spectacled Duck, White-throated Hawk, Rufous-legged Owl, Des Murs’ Wiretail and the recently split Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper. For many, the extension was the cherry topping, with a visit to South America's only King Penguin colony, Ruddy-headed Goose, Magellanic Plover, both dotterels, Magellanic Horned Owl, White-bridled and Yellow-bridled Finches, not to mention the impressive scenery of Torres del Paine. We enjoyed good weather almost throughout including the notorious extreme south. Accommodations were very comfortable, our logistics ran smoothly and we enjoyed tasty local cuisine and fine wines which lead to a hugely successful tour.

Black-throated Huet-Huet (Dani Lopez-Velasco)

Black-throated Huet-Huet (Dani Lopez-Velasco)