November 23, 2018
(Later in the day)
The flight to Trelew was uneventful; in Trelew we got our rental car and drove north to Puerto Madryn, a town on the coast of Patagonia. Our hotel, Hotel Bahia Nueva, was right across from the beach so after checking in we went for a walk out the pier and then along the beach.
We found a restaurant on the beach which looked good and despite the fact that it was only 6:15 pm we went in and ordered dinner. Rosemary really liked her salmon dish and said she would order it again if we went back there.
November 24, 2018
When we checked into the hotel, the desk clerk said “Don’t miss the breakfast.” And that was good advice! They had the best breakfast we’d had anywhere on the trip! But we had booked a guide for an all-day birding trip, so we had to eat quickly. Our guide Agustín picked us up just after 7:30 am and we headed out.
The scrubby bushes of the area look lifeless but there are actually birds there. First we went to a place where Magellanic Horned Owls regularly roost, but we couldn’t find them today. But in the scrub there we found mockingbirds and canasteros and earthcreepers. And there were several Elegant Crested Tinamous crossing the road and slipping into the bushes.
We saw birds on the coastline, including a pair of Steamer-Ducks. Then we visited the Trelew sewage ponds, which had a lot of waterbirds. We had planned to go there later when we stay in Trelew, so now that box was checked off.
We spent the whole day visiting different spots, and the best bird was near the end. Agustín showed us a Many-coloured Rush-tyrant in a little marsh in a future housing development. It was a very pretty bird and we could see it and photograph it very well as it hopped around in the reeds.
It was after 8 pm when we got back to Puerto Madryn. We had dinner next door to the hotel in the craft beer restaurant; the food was good but annoyingly their credit card machine didn’t work.