Not far from our hotel was a nature reserve called the Constanera Sur (it was given this status in June 1986, after years of land being reclaimed using materials from demolished buildings which they stopped in 1984) It covers approx 865 acres with footpaths meandering through it so, after a quick wash and brush-up, we headed for the Sur where we had a slow walk down the paved promenade. The pools are just the other side of a small wall which followed the promenade. Sue and I were pretty pleased by how many bird were on the water; some more notable were White-tufted Grebe, Silver Teal, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Rosy-billed Pochard and the rather peculiar Southern Screamer. We spent approx 3 hours here, and decided to go back the following day, which we did - but we walked down a footpath on the other side of the pools which had lots more trees and shrubbery. Birds of note here were Green-barred Woodpecker, Picazuo Pigeon, Rufous Horneo, Golden-billed Saltator and Black Hooded Parakeet; what I did note was that there were not many herons - only a couple of Great White Egrets, one Snowy Egret and a Striated Heron, and the only wader was Southern Lapwing - but all the same, what a great few hours at a reserve so close to Buenos Aires town centre! As you know, I'm not one for listing just lots of birds but we had 52 species here, and below are a few images of some of them.
This concludes the first part of our trip - the pre-cruise stay in Buenos Aires; I shall be posting part two when I sort my brain out - which hopefully won't be too long!
As always, thanks for stopping by and see you soon for part two!