Archive for the ‘fauna’ Category

Patagonia Upland Goose

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 Posted in fauna | No Comments »

Written by Shanie One of those special birds only found in South America, the Upland Goose is a wonderful representation of color differences male and female fowl. The man, in all his flamboyance, is dressed in his black and whites. A robust, ...

Chingolo or Rufous-collared Sparrow

Friday, November 27th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 1 Comment »

Written by Shanie In celebration of our Tahoe friends visiting -- one of whom has a PhD in birds -- I thought I'd add another fowl to the entries. The chingolo  or rufuous-collared sparrow has been of interest to scientists since the ...


Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 4 Comments »

Written by Shanie Loving the ability to see animals of the wild kingdom in their natural habitat on a fairly regular basis, there are some creatures that make my smile extra wide. One of those is the Rhea. In reality, ...

I Swear I Saw the Cousin of the Loch Ness Monster, Nahuelito

Friday, October 30th, 2009 Posted in culture, day to day, fauna | No Comments »

Written by Shanie As we have mentioned before, the Loch Ness Monster has a cousin in the Patagonian Lakes District, Nahuelito. Well, some might call me crazy, but I swear I saw Nahuelito the other evening while hiking along Lago Nahuel Huapi. ...

The Patagonian Mara

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 9 Comments »

Written by Shanie An impressive little mammal, the Patagonian Mara (Family Caviidae) is quick on its feet, nicknamed the Patgonian Hare or Patagonian Cavy, and at 75 centimeters (29 inches) and 16 kilograms (35 pounds) is the fourth largest rodent on ...


Friday, September 18th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 6 Comments »

This cute little guy was taken on the Peninsula Valdes. He was very friendly and personable.

Interview with Puerto Madryn Tour Guide Doug Neathery

Friday, August 28th, 2009 Posted in fauna, travel | 6 Comments »

Written by Shanie As we wrote about before, we were able to visit Puerto Madryn a few months ago. The trip turned out to be spectacular because of the amazing and awe-inspiring up-close-and-personal interaction with Mother Nature's creatures in their natural ...

Comesebo andino

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 3 Comments »

Written by Shanie The Comesebo andino, or Patagonian Sierra Finch (Phrygilus gayi), is a cute, happy little bird that graces the South America region from central Chile and Argentina down into the Patagonian Andes with its positivity. Known to enjoy open areas, ...

La Liebre

Monday, June 15th, 2009 Posted in fauna | 195 Comments »

Written by Shanie La liebre, or European Hare (Lepus europaeus), is an incredibly cute animal seen throughout Argentina, including Patagonia. Originally brought to the country via Hamburg, Germany, it started its Argentine life in Cañada de Gómez in the province of ...

Recap of Trip to Atlantic Coast of Patagonia

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 Posted in fauna, travel | 14 Comments »

Written by Jamie We have had some time to reflect back on our recent trip to Puerto Madryn and the Peninsula Valdes. What impressed us both the most was how close we were to experience unique animals and mammals in their ...