Birds of the Far South (pt. I)~

There are lots of birdies in the southern hemisphere! They can fly where humans (and boats) flounder.

This osprey was the furthest north of all the birds pictured here. Ospreys are the most widely distributed bird in the world after peregrine falcons, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. This guy was in Peru.

Magellanic Oystercatchers live on the tip of South America in Argentina, Chile, and The Falkland, Sandwich, and South Georgia Islands.

Peruvian Pelican’s are a near threatened species and are twice the size of their Brown Pelican cousins.

They can be found off the coasts of northern and southern Chile and Argentina. Standing next to them, they reached my shoulder!

These Brown Pelicans live as far south as the northern coast of Chile, which is where their territories overlap with Peruvian Pelicans whose distribution continues to the south.

This juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron,

was busy catching and swallowing a snake!

Cheers to you from the incredible birds of the southern hemisphere, and stay tuned for more, even further south~

254 thoughts on “Birds of the Far South (pt. I)~

    1. Yes, we have kites in this region and they are hard to photograph because they are so fast. Sometimes they remain stationary in wind drafts and that provides a better opportunity. Good luck and I would love to see your shots!

    1. I hadn’t thought of this, but now that I am, the southern ocean is bursting with fish, so I don’t think this is a problem for them. The fish and crab here are HUGE!

    1. That is my boat cuz. You know me. It was supposed to be a round trip eco-cruise, we definitely have the eco, but the round trip? Not so much. Still, I like it here with the birds……

  1. Wowwwwwwwww. You’ve you’ve. Captured so much beauty. The osprey is stunning. i cannot manage to get a clear eye on any of my bird shots. still learning!!! your photography is. just amazing. Sorry my keyboard is a little on the fritz at the moment. I love every shot

  2. Learned a lot about birds here today. I love that some are almost everywhere. You really do capture them at their best. Incredible photos. Thank you from an armchair traveler. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ah, your armchair is so lucky to hold you. You are far more than where you sit, just like I am, more than where I sit. But it is good, at our ages, isn’t it, that we do sit, in nice chairs. We both deserve any comfortable rest we get! Love to you in multiples <3

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  4. Wow, those Peruvian Pelicans are amazing – the colour and size.

    Your juvenile Night Herons look the same as our juvenile Nankeen Night Herons here in Australia. Your images are superb and I do like the bright colour of the Oystercatchers beak too.

    1. It was really hard for me to identify this bird. I was stuck with several very similar heron species in the southern latitudes, like striated herons, and pinnated bitterns. Your Nankeen Night Heron looks really similar, and could be a match. I wish I had a front view of the bird to see the chest feathers more clearly and I would be more confident of the identification. It is one of the many things I love about birds. Their identification is complicated, because there are so many of them. I always wish a true bird expert would fly in here and help me out, they visit, but rarely speak, much like the birds they study! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I love it that you are providing more information. Bird identification is lots of fun, isn’t it! It is like a visual puzzle of amazing creatures, and I am never sure I am right, which makes it even better.

  5. Wow!! The Peruvian Pelcians look stunning, the size incredible! I was in awe of the brown ones in Florida last year … these in Peru are astonishing. They all look so wise and knowing… wonderful photos and descriptions, Cindy!

      1. In Florida, every afternoon theyโ€™d fly straight past our balcony in formation and it was almost as if i could reach out and touch their wings. Breathtaking and I felt so lucky to experience that!

        1. Oh, yes! You brought up another incredible thing about pelicans, which I forgot.
          The formation flying.
          It creates this super distinctive visual silhouette. They is nothing similar that I know of. When you see it you think, “Oh, the pelicans are flying.”
          And somehow it makes you feel really good.

  6. What fabulous photos Cindy. I love all of them but have soft spot for Oystercatchers so naturally I would pick that one out over the others if forced to choose ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Oh, what a marvelous collection of birds, Cindy! I love the photo of the boat. It’s so compelling. But good golly Miss Molly, what a lot of birds in that pic. It’s hard to imagine.
    Hugs on the wing!

    1. I saw this all over the far south, huge groups of different species of birds massed together on beaches. Sometimes there would be rare birds in the midst that were impossible to photograph due to the crowding. I think the absence of human density, coupled with the teeming seas explain the phenomena.

    1. Aren’t those beaks incredible. This coupled with their size makes them quite distinctive. When I first saw them, it was like, “I know you are a pelican obviously, but what kind of pelican are you!!!”

    1. Thank God there won’t be a test in the morning for either of us! But it is true that travel, like life, is educational, and certainly has it’s own tests, unfortunately.

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  9. Love the look of the Peruvian Pelicans. <3 So much character in their faces. Happy that you mentioned how huge they are by comparing their height to a human.

    1. It is often impossible to perceive size and perspective in photos of wild creatures, because there are no visuals around to reference them to, so sometimes I have to use words. So glad you understood! ๐Ÿ’œ

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  12. Beautiful birds! Thank you, Cindy for letting us enjoy these gorgeous bird photos that you took during your sea trip. So glad you are back. ๐Ÿ’–

  13. Wonderful close-ups! My daughter and I are working with a bird theme right now, I’m going to show her these photos. We picked up a new book about parrots today, that we are reading. I’m learning a lot! Thank you for a beautiful post/

      1. She is very fascinated by them. We recently discovered a Parrot House near where we live, and we made a visit a couple weeks ago. it was a fantastic experience for her.

    1. Yes. They are fascinating. What is their story? Why are they abandoned? Where have they sailed? Who owned them? They bring up endless curiosity in me. It is especially amazing when you see one adrift mid-ocean, which I have seen twice. Once the ship I was on boarded the ship in the middle of the night.

    1. Such a classic:
      “A wonderful bird is the pelican.
      His bill will hold more than his belican.
      He can take in his beak.
      Food enough for a week.
      But I’m damned if I see how the helican.”

    1. I saw groupings like this over and over, and what made them unusual to me was there were multiple species in the group. Sometimes a rare bird parked somewhere in the middle!

  14. Cindy, your wildlife photos are every bit as good as watching National Geographic — I always learn something, and this post is no exception. Thank you for showing me things I might never see for myself!

    1. Every pelican is so peculiarly wonderful, but finding these Peruvian big guys who stood right next to me, and are almost endangered, like our SoCal ones, who were almost extinct, was pretty wonderful.
      All this makes me love birds even more, somehow they can fly away, and seem to evade us, even at the brink of extinction.

  15. What amazing creatures, Cindy! I can only imagine how many pictures you took on your last trip!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m wondering where you’re going next….

  16. If I was a fish (or a snake) those beaks would strike terror into me, not that fish feel terror in the way that we do, but still… those beaks, especially the pelicans’, must be capable of holding several fish at once.

    1. A wonderful bird is the pelican,
      His bill will hold more than his belican.
      He can take in his beak
      Food enough for a week,
      But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
      Ogden Nash <3 <3

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