In Montevideo we had arranged to meet up with a guide we had found on birdingpal; his name was Lionel, an Australian now living in Uruguay with his wife Silvia, who was also a very good birder. We spent about four hours with them at a little wetland site, and even had a picnic by the river. Birds were a bit sparse but we managed to see Bare-faced Ibis, Rufous-sided Crake, Wren-like Rushbird Spectacled Tyrant and Hooded Siskin, plus a lot we had seen already in Buenos Aires - but all the same, it was a great few hours. They then took us for a quick guided tour around the city, before dropping us back at the port where we had a little look around the market before we went back to the ship for our final night.
Whilst waiting for the ship to depart back to Buenos Aries my last lifer was noted - a White-necked Heron put in an appearance on one of the board walks
I thought this was an interesting sign - not one you see every day whilst out birding!! It is, of course from the Falklands - and the mines are still there, being cleared by specialist teams
The image below is of the Southern Right Whale Dolphins we were lucky enough to see.
This smashing image was taken by Mark Hefter (New York)
This cruise was a trip of a lifetime, and if you are lucky enough to get the chance to go to Antarctica, I would definitely recommend you take it!!
Hope you've enjoyed reading about our adventures, and as always, thanks for stopping by.