PUNTE DEL ESTE
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Birding Site Guide
This site is situated on the gulf of the Plata river, and can be good for seabirds and mammals. There is a reserve here called The Island of the Sea Lion, but it is expensive to stay, cheaper accommodation can be found in Maldonardo about 15km N of Punte del Este, and there is a bus to here. There are a series of lakes either side of the road E of Punte del Este worth birding for flamingos, ducks and terns. About 5km E of Punte del Este is Punte Ballena, which is a whale watching point and also good for passing seabirds, with the possibility of Olrog’s Gull. On land look for Correndara Pipit and Great Pampa-Finch. Continuing E, Rocha town and department are reached, and here there are many lagoons to bird. Between the hot-spring resorts of Paysandu and Salto such birds as Brown Chalalote can be seen.
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Author: BSG, Paul Smith