Travel: Birds of Chilean Patagonia

In late February, six Seabrookers (Jack and Donna Miller, Ted and Janet Fine, Jerry and Diana Cohen) toured across Patagonia, Chile for two weeks, from Puerto Veras in the North to Punta Arenas in the South. We thought the Seabrook Island Birders might be interested in seeing pictures of some species we observed which are not seen in North America. The best birding took place on an excursion to the island of Chiloe, in the Pacific Ocean, and in and around Torres del Paine National Park in the South.

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This picture of the Upland or Magellan Goose was taken by our tour guide, Laura Pomilio.

 

 

My favorites were the Imperial Cormorants, also called Imperial Shags, on the beach in Punta Arenas (see photos below). They look and waddle like miniature penguins, grouped in large colonies on the beach, but are much larger and more active than the cormorants we see on Seabrook. Some of their colonies can be quite large, as seen on the pier below.

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These Black-Necked Swans were photographed by Janet Fine on the island of Chiloe, but we also saw quite a few of them on the southern part of Patagonia around Puerto Natales. They are the largest waterfowl in South America, averaging 8-15 lbs.

 

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This Black-faced Ibis was taken by Diana on a sheep ranch near Punta Arenas. They reside in flocks in the grasslands of the sheep ranch we visited.

 

We had an opportunity to take a small boat on the Island of Chiloe to observe both Humboldt and Magellan Penguins sunning and feeding on the rocks on the islands. These rock islands are the only place where both Humboldt and Magellan Penguins cohabit-ate, which is a big deal considering that Humboldt Penguins are endangered.  An interesting aside is that the penguins actually roost in the hills above the rocks, and then waddle down paths to the rocks to fish and sun. We caught glimpses of them coming down from the hills, but photos were a challenge, as we were on a small boat rocking around in the waves. Here are some photos which Diana took. Notice how well the penguins blend into the rocks – great camouflage!

There were several species of water birds on Chiloe, including these below. How about some help from all you birders out there to identify them?

 

Article submitted by Jerry Cohen
Photo credit to Diana Cohen, Janet Fine and Laura Pomilio

If you have taken a trip and enjoyed doing a bit of bird watching, please send us an email as we’d love to share your story and photos!  Thanks!

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Have You Heard about BirdNote?

Carl Voelker, a SIB board member, took the photos above from his deck overlooking the marsh and wanted to know what bird these were.  The answer: they are Whimbrel.  A common shorebird found wintering in tidal flats and shorelines and occasionally visiting inland habitats. On Seabrook Island, they’ve been seen on North Beach, the mudflats on Jenkins Point Road, the mudflats across from Bohicket Marina, and like Carl, maybe even your backyard.

While we’re talking about Whimbrels, we wanted to share a great website called BirdNote.org.  BirdNote is a daily two-minute radio show that combines rich sounds with engaging stories, to illustrate the amazing lives of birds and give listeners a momentary respite from the news of the day. It even has the transcript available if you are hearing impaired or prefer to read text.  Here is an example of their show on Whimbrels.

You can access these podcasts through iTunes, a podcast feed or by downloading. If you need a reminder like me, you may want to sign up for the weekly BirdNote Newsletter which is a preview – including photos – of the following week’s shows. Or simply explore their website:  https://www.birdnote.org/

Article Submitted by:  Nancy Brown
Photo Credit:  Carl Voelker

 

Don’t Miss Our Program on May 30th: “Birding Beyond Your Backyard”

Register Now! – It’s only two weeks away!

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Event: Birding Beyond Your Backyard
Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm Registration & Social; 7:30 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 140
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests
Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

Register Now!

Seabrook Island Birders enjoy birding around Palmetto Lake, at Jenkins Point, on North Beach and in our own backyards. Sometimes we have grandkids visiting or want somewhere different to spend an enjoyable day birding but don’t know where to go nearby. Keith McCullough can give us some new ideas.

– What locations do other birders use?
– Is there a specific season best for that area?
– What birds would I have a chance to see?
– How accessible is the birding?
– It’s nature, should I be concerned about bugs during some seasons?
– Do I need a scope to see birds at that area?

Keith McCullough will discuss various “Hot Spots” in the Lowcountry. Keith brings unique experience in this area as he is the Nature Interpretation Coordinator for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and regularly leads bird walks at various Charleston County Parks. In addition, he is the Lead Master Naturalist Instructor for Charleston region, the eBird Reviewer for SC Coast and Coastal Plain and a South Carolina Bird Records Committee Member. All this means he spends his days living in the various nature areas in the Lowcountry and is willing to share his knowledge with us.

Join SIB at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening.

To help us plan for the number of chairs, snacks and wine, please let us know you plan to attend by completing this easy registration form.

SIB Member Profile: Jane Mangioncalda

IMG_3721Jane Magioncalda is a native of Queens, New York who moved south in 2003 with husband Joe Ficarra. The two met as graduate students at St. John’s University—she in law school and he in the MBA tract. Jane worked for the prestigious TIAA-CREF financial services organization for close to thirty years practicing Real Estate Law. A TIAA transfer brought them to Charlotte, North Carolina. She agreed to the move with two conditions: the New York Times and GOOD pizza had to be available.

Nine years ago, they discovered, like all of us, the wonders of Seabrook Island and they immediately settled into their part-time home in Summerwind. They share their homes with two Cornish Rex cats—Sugar and Smokey (Google the breed, it’s not your average house cat!). After retiring, she and Joe started spending more time here, especially in the summer during turtle season.

Jane is an active member of the Turtle Patrol, serving as Social Committee Chair, walking her zone twice a week, filling in as a substitute, working with PHAT (Pre -Hatching Assistance Team) monitoring nests fifteen days prior to hatch dates and participating in nest inventories.

The couple enjoy kayaking on area creeks and taking advantage of the Lake House Fitness Center. Jane participates in exercise groups, yoga and weight strengthening and plans to try the Get Ready for Golf program.

She and Joe also avail themselves of as many SINHG trips and evening programs as their part-time status allows.

Over the years, they have traveled widely often focusing on their interest in Nature. Jane says their trip to Kenya and Tanzania ranks at the top along with the Galapagos and western U.S. National Parks.

Jane is charter a member of the Seabrook Island Birders. Starting out like many us, having had back-yard feeders and a well-worn Peterson’s on the shelf, she has relished the variety of birds and learning opportunities here in the Lowcountry. Since joining SIB, she’s gone on many Learning Together ‘walks’ and other SIB activities, improving her expertise rating, in her words, from .05 to 1.0. Jane has been “encouraged and impressed by the inclusiveness and willingness to share knowledge” by more experienced SIBirders.

Article written by:  Donna Lawrence
Photo credit:  Joe Ficarra

Register Now For “Birding Beyond Your Backyard” on May 30th!

Event: Birding Beyond Your Backyard
Date:
Wednesday May 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm Registration & Social; 7:30 pm Program Starts
Location: Live Oak Hall, Lake House, Seabrook Island, SC
Max: 140
Cost: FREE for members; $5 for guests
Join SIB for $10 and the event is Free!

Register Now!

Seabrook Island Birders enjoy birding around Palmetto Lake, at Jenkins Point, on North Beach and in our own backyards. Sometimes we have grandkids visiting or want somewhere different to spend an enjoyable day birding but don’t know where to go nearby. Keith McCullough can give us some new ideas.

– What locations do other birders use?
– Is there a specific season best for that area?
– What birds would I have a chance to see?
– How accessible is the birding?
– It’s nature, should I be concerned about bugs during some seasons?
– Do I need a scope to see birds at that area?

Keith McCullough will discuss various “Hot Spots” in the Lowcountry. Keith brings unique experience in this area as he is the Nature Interpretation Coordinator for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and regularly leads bird walks at various Charleston County Parks. In addition, he is the Lead Master Naturalist Instructor for Charleston region, the eBird Reviewer for SC Coast and Coastal Plain and a South Carolina Bird Records Committee Member. All this means he spends his days living in the various nature areas in the Lowcountry and is willing to share his knowledge with us.

Join SIB at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening.

To help us plan for the number of chairs, snacks and wine, please let us know you plan to attend by completing this easy registration form.