After our first leg of this birding trip we took a couple of days to visit Buenos Aires and to soak-in some of the local culture; BA is a beautiful city and our stay was very memorable.
Costanera Sur was an old riverside resort which was restored to and Ecological Reserve back in the 1970. Today it is a protected reserve in the middle of the city just east of Puerto Madero which also was an old port build in the late 1800s and is now restored into a 21 st century waterfront project.
Here is the main entrance to Costanera Sur:
Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve
I am always concerned about my camera when I am in any city but this place is gated and had some policing. We felt pretty safe and managed to get some nice photos and even some new birds!
Black-and-Rufous Warbling Finch
European Starling (introduced sp)
Green-barred Woodpecker at work!
The three stooges cleaning themselves up in the sun (Guira Cuckoo)
Patagonian Mockingbird. I think.. This individual was darker and more rufous than the Chalk-browed Mockingbird below
Buenos Aires was good to us, birds and culture, all in the same place.
Enjoyed your post a lot. I was also in BA and in Costanera Sur last year, but in a different season, so I got partially different species.
I especially admired your beautiful pictures – what camera and lens were you using for these shots?
Hi Eildenrt, Thanks for your comments. I hope to go back some day on a second trip to bird South Argentina and begin on Costanera Sur to take a little more time. This first visit was a bit short.
I use a canon 5D3 with a canon EF 300 mm f4 + 2X kenco Teleconverter see here: http://10000birds.com/bird-photography-equipment-teleconverters-for-7d-and-5d-miii.htm
Hi Renato, I was in Costanera Sur earlier this month. How close did we come to each other I wonder?