ARICA, REGION 1 (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 
Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (7th February, 2006)


Birding Site Guide

This is a good spot for sea and shore birds. It is just a 15 minute walk from the centre of Arica heading South. Inca Tern and Sabines Gull were common here. Another couple of spots worth a look are the Lluta River estuary further to the n, where they seem to be trying to make a small nature reserve, and Playa Corazon at the end of the coast road to the south. A path continues along the coast from here through a cave. It reaches a point where you can see an island with fur seals on it. Chilean Seaside Cinclodes can be seen on rocks along the path. I saw 23 species including 3 lifers.

Species seen 

  • Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus Photographed
  • Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Photographed
  • Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii Photographed
  • Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi Near-threatened
  • Great Egret Ardea alba Seen Lluta estuary
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula Photographed
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Photographed
  • Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater Photographed
  • American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  • Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Seen near Lluta estuary
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Photographed
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Photographed
  • Surfbird Aphriza virgata
  • Belcher's Gull Larus belcheri Photographed
  • Gray Gull Larus modestus Photographed
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Sabine's Gull Xema sabini Photographed
  • Elegant Tern Sterna elegans Near-threatened
  • Inca Tern Larosterna inca
  • Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
  • Chilean Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes nigrofumosus Endemic Seen near Playa Corazon Photo'd

Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse