VALPARAISO (near) (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (6th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

This large lake is easily reached from Paraiso by public bus. We took a Mirasol bus from the main terminal at 08:30 which took less than half an hour and cost P500. Get off before the turn to Quitay, walk under the bridge and through a gap in the fence. The lake had many Neotropical Cormorants and Great Grebes but few ducks and other waterfowl. The lake is surrounded by areas with non-native Monterrey Pine and Eucalyptus. There are also some scrubby areas with a few common birds. Many buses pass by the lake but only a few stop by the Quintay turnoff on the way back. I saw 28 species. 

Species seen 

  • White-tufted Grebe Rollandia rolland
  • Great Grebe Podiceps major
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  • Black-necked Swan Cygnus melanocorypha
  • Chiloe Wigeon Anas sibilatrix
  • Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica
  • Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  • Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Green-backed Firecrown Sephanoides sephaniodes
  • Striped Woodpecker Picoides lignarius
  • Thorn-tailed Rayadito h Aphrastura spinicauda
  • Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura aegithaloides
  • Tufted Tit-Tyrant Anairetes parulus
  • Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope
  • Correndera Pipit ? Anthus correndera
  • House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus
  • Black-chinned Siskin Carduelis barbata

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse