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G Cassus Santiago, RM Anytime English, Spanish, Portuguese
I am a vet and I love to go birding in Chile and other surrounding countries. Also I like photography, but I am not as good as I'd like to be.

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Claudio Seguel San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Anytime English
Experienced local birder, nature lover, local guide, excellent English.

I grew up in this area. My experience is in all Chile from the straights of Magellan up to the Chungara lake.

I posses a professional drivers license and know every corner of my birding sites.

I have experience in pelagic birds as well.

I am also interested in other areas such as geology, botanics and arqueology.

Over 150 species in this area.
Putana, Salt flat of Atacama, Miscanti,

Area Birds:
Puna Rhnea, James flamingo, Horned coot, mountain cara cvara,

F Schmitt Santiago, RM Anytime Spanish, English, French
At the base of the Andes, and at only 1h30 from the coast, Santiago is a good place for few days birding !! If you have only one day, bird the foothill near Santiago (the private Mahuida parc is a very nice place, close to the city) in order to look for some endemic species as the Dusky-tailed Canastero, Chilean Mockingbird, Chilean Tinamou and White-throated Tapaculo. You will also probably find few Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail, many Long-tailed Meadowlark and perhaps a Striped Woopecker. Then follow your day at higher elevation, in the direction of Farellones or El Yeso (this last place will give you the nice Diademed Sandpiper-plover, present between october and february). In the rocky slopes, search for the Crag Chilia and the Moustached Turca. The Andean Condor are fairly common and you have great chance to see few of this impressive bird. Spend the end of the afternoon in the Lampa and Batuco wetlands, where are breeding thousands of waterbirds. This area is probably the best place in the world to find the rare Black-headed Duck. With more luck, you will also find the 'chilean' Warbling Doradito, a Painted Snipe or even a Black Rail!
With one more day, you will be able to visit the coast in order to find shorebirds, gulls, pelicans, etc... An excellent place to bird is the Maipo estuary near San Antonio, especially in the evening with good light ! North to this place, visit the Cartagena lagoon where you will easily find few Spot-flanked Gallinules and have excellent views on many duck species. Following to the north, have a look on the El Peral lagoon, usually good for the Stripe-backed Bittern. Of course, a pelagic trip from Valparaiso or Quintero will be the best for many birders. Every trip is different, and you can have excellent birds all year round. My record is 6 albatross species in one trip with more than 1000 ind. Other good birds during a pelagic trip include Peruvian Diving-petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, White-chinned and Westland Petrel, Inca Tern, and sometimes some Pterodroma species (mainly Juan-Fernandez and Masatierra Petrel).
In two days birding around Santiago, you should be able to find 100 species, and 7 of the 11 chilean endemics. You will need more time and to travel farther to reach 200 species, and 300 are possible during a 15 days trip from the north to the south of the country. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need some informations, or if you want me to organise you a day trip or a longer tour.

R Raffaele Di Biase Cuomo Puerto Varas, Chiloé, Lake District Anytime English, Italian, Spanish

Naturalist guide certified by the Chilean Bureau of Tourism with a vast experience of over 10 years leading tours in Chile and Argentina, mainly in Patagonia and Central Chile.

Author of the pocket field guide of Birds of Chiloè Island and The Lake District, currently studying a university specialization in Conservation and Management of Natural Areas.

Expert birding guide in Chiloè Island and National parks of Chile and South Argentina. Own his own vehicles.

The Lake District and the Island of Chiloè is region with a great variety of birds and very well connected with short distances between the ocean, valleys, wetlands and the forest of the Andes range and the snow capped volcanoes.

Amazing wetlands as the Quenuir area, at the mouth of the River Maullín, home of a fantastic variety of waterfowl, passerines, shorebirds, ibises, egrets and tapaculos. An excellent destination to see the Many-coloured Rush Tyrant and the Wren-like Rushbird.

In one day of birding you will probably be able to spot more than 70 species among the endemic of the temperate rain forest as: the Chucao Tapaculo, the Black-throated Huet Huet, the Ochre-flanked Tapaculo, the Des Mur´s Wiretail and the Thorn-tailed Rayadito. The forest are also the home of the Magellanic Woodpecker.

The rivers will be the perfect spots to see the Torrent Duck.

Moving to the valleys the species changes as we find the Long-tailed Meadowlark, Patagonian Tyrant, Austral Balckbird and the endemics of Chile as the Slender-billed Parakeet and the Chilean Mockingbird.

The island of Chiloè is the perfect spot to see shorebirds and coastal species finding also during Sep-Mar colonies of Magellanic and Humboldt Penguins, among four species of Cormorants, the Flightless Steamer Duck, the Kelp Goose, and many other species, all in just one place!

From April to August we can also find large flocks of Chilean Flamingos.

In a couple of days birding we will probably be able to see the 140 most common species of the Region.

I have more than 10 years of experience birding through Chile and the South of Argentina.

I can help you to organize birding trips of one day, two days or more.

I lead a 15 days trip through Chile with extensions to Argentina.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

Professional Guide: Certified by the Chilean Tourism Bureau
Name: Raffaele Di Biase Cuomo
Location: Puerto Varas, Chiloè Island
Phone: +56 652231820
Mobile: +56 992692606
Address: Santa Rosa 161, Club de Yates, Puerto Varas

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