|Chilean Swallow, Ushuaia, Argentina, Dec 2010|
I first met this species in Ushuaia last year where I spent about a month studying the swallows and taking Spanish classes. I also met the second bird that will be a big part of my time in Chiloe: the Thorn-tailed Rayadito.
|Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Ushuaia, Dec 2010|
|Male Upland Goose, Ushuaia, Dec 2010|
|Female Upland Goose, Ushuaia, Dec 2010|
Tierra del Fuego was by far the most striking place I have ever been. Mountains rose straight from the water and then fell into other mountains. Glaciers towered over the land in inaccessible, unnamed valleys and beautiful peat bogs in any depression. I expect Chiloe to be equally striking but not quite as inhospitable, despite Darwin's assertion that it may be the rainiest place on earth.