Birds of Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires

There are reportedly over 200 species of birds in Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur (South Waterfront Ecological Reserve), Buenos Aires.  I only saw four species, but I was there at the hottest part of the day, probably not the best time for bird watching.  Moreover, I was moving fairly quickly through the park, keeping to the established paths.  Nonetheless, I was able to photograph Nandayus nenday (Black Hooded Parakeet), Mimus saturninus (Chalk-browed Mockingbird), Zenaida auriculata (Eared Dove), and Polioptila dumicola (Masked Gnatcatcher).  Technically, I did not observe the Black Hooded Parakeet in the Reserve itself, but I did see a group of them not far to the west of the Reserve.  Unfortunately, the parakeets were seriously backlit, resulting in a less than perfect photo.  I thought I had previously seen the Chalk-browed Mockingbird in Brazil, but I’m more confident of the identification of the bird I saw in Argentina than of the one I saw in Brazil.  The Eared Dove is closely related to the North American Mourning Dove.  The Masked Gnatcatchers I saw were an active pair, and it was darn inconsiderate of them not to stay put in an accessible location so I could get a better photo!

Nandayus nenday (Black Hooded Parakeet)

Nandayus nenday (Black Hooded Parakeet)

SOURCE:  Nandayus nenday (Black Hooded Parakeet) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 30 Dec 2010.

Mimus saturninus (Chalk-browed Mockingbird)

Mimus saturninus (Chalk-browed Mockingbird)

SOURCE:  Mimus saturninus (Chalk-browed Mockingbird) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Zenaida auriculata (Eared Dove)

Zenaida auriculata (Eared Dove)

SOURCE:  Zenaida auriculata (Eared Dove) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Polioptila dumicola (Masked Gnatcatcher)

Polioptila dumicola (Masked Gnatcatcher)

SOURCE:  Polioptila dumicola (Masked Gnatcatcher) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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