Antarctica Awaits

Yesterday we took a last look around our hotel just outside Ushuaia, Argentina as we moved
into town last night ready for Antarctica tomorrow. What a beautiful morning it was.

Sunrise at Ushuaia waterfront

A few of the birds enjoyed near the hotel included Andean Condor, Black-faced Ibis,
Baird's Sandpipers,White-crested Elaenia, Flying Steamer Ducks, Crested Ducks,
Magellanic Cormorants,Imperial Cormorants,Southern Giant Petrels, Chilean Skuas, Austral Nigrito,
Magellanic Oystercatchers,Blackish Oystercatchers and an unexpected Bank Swallow!

Crested Duck - photo by Tropical Birding

Black-faced Ibis - photo by Tropical Birding

We then took the hire car back to Ushuaia Airport, Argentina in the afternoon as from now on
we should be birding by ship! ( We hope).
There were some nice birds around the Airport including both Flying and Flightless Steamer
Ducks, Kelp Geese, Red Shoveler,Red-fronted Coot and many more.

We are likely to be out of reach of Wi-Fi for much of the next two weeks making friends
with Penguins and others. If we get the chance, we will post some photos - if not,
prepare for Penguin overload in two weeks !
Our ship, the Ocean Diamond, docked here in Ushuaia last night so we hope to board around
the local time of 3pm - can't wait !!

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