The Southern Most City In The World Ushuaia In Argentina October 2019




The Andes mountains tower above the small city of Ushuaia - spectacular.



Back in October last year, 2019, when we were all free to travel remember that? We flew south from the UK to Argentina and then further south right to the toe of South America and the southern most city in the whole world - Ushuaia in Argentina. It was over three hours flying time from Beunos Aires down to the southern tip of Argentina and the last hour or so provided amazing views of the snow covered Andes mountains. We were excited but a tad worried about how much snow we were seeing! October is Spring down here and it looked like winter was still in control of the weather.


We touched down at Ushuaia Airport in bright sunshine but felt the cold air on our faces as the plane door opened and we quickly pulled on extra clothes. Out of the airport and the views were breath-taking with huge snow capped mountains rising out of the blue sea, wow! A short taxi ride took us to the small city and our hotel, we quickly checked in and dumped the bags and then hurried down to the harbour just below the hotel to begin our exploration of this spectacular place and of course look for birds!



One of the first things we spotted, from our bedroom window, was this wonderful sign and we waited our turn to take the classic tourist photos with those amazing peaks in the background. Everyone was smiling and friendly here and the city had a really relaxed atmosphere we were already really loving it. Of course we soon found our first Ushuaia birds too right here by the sign!


Brutish Kelp Gulls had been seen from the taxi drive but now we could really enjoy them.




On the rocks just beyound the Kelp Gull were three wonderful Flying Steamer Ducks.




What an amazing duck and huge too, this one a fine drake Flying Steamer Duck.




An old Argentinian Navy Ship was "parked" on the grass by the harbour.




This "lump" was in the grass near the old navy vessel and looked interesting.




The "lump" stood up and became a lovely Southern Lapwing.




These lovely Crested Ducks were to become a regular sight around the harbour.




One of the birds we were really keen to see was the Dolphin Gull - oh wow!




All this excitment had given us an appetite and we found superb food in Ushuaia!




What a way to end our first day in the southern most city - sunset from the bedroom window!



Lots more bird blogs to come on a variety of subjects please check back soon, thank you!





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