Photographing Raptors in Southern Patagonia


Some breathtaking photos

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Female Cinereous Harrier Female Cinereous Harrier

1/640s @ f/5.6 ISO 160 @ 400mm

Southern Patagonia in Argentina is the perfect place to photograph raptors (birds of prey). And there is no better time than springtime (September thru November). Such was my luck that I found myself in El Calafate the first month of spring (the seasons are ass-backwards down here). The Laguna Nimez Reserve was only a ten-minute walk from my hostel and I trekked through it almost every morning for over a week (there is a modest onetime admission charge but keeping your receipt allows you to reenter at anytime without additional cost).

Female Cinereous Harrier Female Cinereous Harrier in Flight

1/1600s @ f/6.3 ISO 200 @ 400mm

The most dramatic birds in the reserve, for me, are the raptors: primarily the Cinereous Harriers and Chimango Caracaras. There is a plethora of wildlife in the reserve including: Long-tailed Meadowlarks, Patagonian Mockingbirds, Flamingos, Upland Geese, Ducks…

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