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Protected/registered status 
Best Time for visit (17-19th April, 2005)


Birding Site Guide

Porvenir is reached by a 2 and a half hour ferry (4000 pesos 1-way) accross the Magellan Straight. It leaves daily except Mondays at 9am (9:30 on Sundays) from the Tres Puente terminal north of town, reached by colectivo numbers 14, 15, 20 and 21 (250 pesos) from the town centre. From the ferry we saw a few Magellanic Penguins and a Magellanic Diving-Petrel aswell as Black-browed Albatross and a few other sea birds. From Porvenir we walked 5km towards the airport and birded the southern edge of the huge Lago de los Cisnes walking back along a different road to town. The lake was good for Chilean Flamingos, Coscoroba Swans and a pair of Spectacled Ducks were flushed from a small pond close to the airport. I saw 42 species. 

Species seen

  • Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus NT
  • Silvery Grebe Podiceps occipitalis
  • Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
  • Antarctic Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus Vulnerable
  • Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
  • Magellanic Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides magellani
  • Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  • Rock Shag Phalacrocorax magellanicus
  • Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis NT
  • Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba
  • Upland Goose Chloephaga picta
  • Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida
  • Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala
  • Flying Steamerduck Tachyeres patachonicus
  • Speckled Teal Anas flavirostris
  • Spectacled Duck Anas specularis NT
  • Crested Duck Anas specularioides
  • Red Shoveler Anas platalea
  • Chimango Caracara Milvago chimango
  • American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  • Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis
  • Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus
  • Rufous-chested Dotterel Charadrius modestus
  • South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae
  • White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
  • Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis
  • Dolphin Gull Larus scoresbii
  • Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
  • Brown-hooded Gull Larus maculipennis
  • Short-billed Miner Geositta antarctica
  • Bar-winged Cinclodes Cinclodes fuscus
  • Fire-eyed Diucon ? Xolmis pyrope
  • White-browed Ground-Tyrant Muscisaxicola albilora
  • Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa
  • House Wren ? Troglodytes aedon
  • Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii
  • Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Phrygilus gayi
  • Patagonian Yellow-Finch Sicalis lebruni
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis
  • Long-tailed Meadowlark Sturnella loyca
  • Black-chinned Siskin ? Carduelis barbata
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus Introduced


Other Fauna 
A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 


Author: Charles Hesse