Birding – 19th January 2018

An excellent evening birding between Rookery Bay and Phillips Point (see figure 1). Conditions were generally warm, but with a reasonably strong breeze. From the photography perspective, when the light broke through the clouds, the light was sensational. Overall, 25 bird species observed and identified, with 5 of these having young. This was my baseline walk and will be interesting to compare observations and identification over time and with seasons. In addition 3 mammal species were seen.

Figure 1 – Birding route

Bird species identified and numbers
  1. Magellanic Penguin – Spheniscus magellanicus – >25 Young
  2. Silvery Grebe – Podiceps occipitalis – 4
  3. Black-browed Albatross – Thalassarche melanophrys – >25 (fair distance from land)
  4. Southern Giant Petrel – Macronectes giganteus – 3
  5. Sooty Shearwater – Puffinus griseus – >25 (fair distance from land)
  6. Rock Shag – Phalacrocorax magellanicus – 11
  7. Upland Goose – Chloephaga picta leucoptera – >25 Young
  8. Kelp Goose – Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum – >25
  9. Falkland Steamer Duck – Tachyeres brachypterus – >25 Young
  10. Speckled Teal – Anas flavirostris – 8 Young
  11. Crested Duck-Laphonetta specularioides – 7
  12. Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura jota – 2
  13. Southern Caracara – Caracara plancus – 1
  14. Magellanic Oystercatcher – Haematopus leucopodus – 4
  15. Blackish Oystercatcher – Haematopus ater – 3
  16. Two-banded Plover – Charadriius falklandicus – 5 Young
  17. Rufous-chested Dotterel – Charaadrius modestus – 1
  18. Magellanic Snipe – Gallinago paraguaiae magellanica – 1
  19. Falkland Skua – Catharacta antarctica – 3
  20. Dolphin Gull – Leucophaeus scoresbii – 1
  21. Kelp Gull – Larus dominicanus – 5
  22. South American Tern – Sterna hirundinacea – 9
  23. Dark-faced Ground-tyrant – Muscisaxicola maclovianus maclovianus – 1
  24. Falkland Pipit – Anthus correndera grayi – 3
  25. Black-thoated / Canary-winged Finch- Melanodera melanodera melanodera – 4
Mammal Species identified and numbers
  1. Sea Lion – Bull, female, pulp and another female – 4
  2. Brown Hare – 1
  3. Feral Cat – 1

 

 

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