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Patagonia Wandering -- Peninsula Valdes I

May 06, 2016  •  3 Comments

Patagonia encompasses the vast southernmost regions of South America shared by Argentina and Chile. This sparsely populated region split by the southern section of the Andes Mountains is a wild and rugged landscape composed of deserts, steppes, glaciers, fjords, ice fields, temperate rain forests and endless grasslands. There are few places left in the world where one can feel such great isolation and vast emptiness virtually untouched by man. It’s a land of endless coastlines punctuated with numerous bays, inlets and peninsulas abounding with birds and marine wildlife.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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 Our visit was to Peninsula Valdes in coastal Patagonia where the low pampas meet the Atlantic Ocean. As a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Peninsula Valdes is a massive mushroom shaped peninsula that forms two large protected bays as it juts out into the Atlantic. Initially settled by sheep farmers the peninsula is still home to very large private estancias (ranches) some of which have established small eco-lodges which focus on the amazing diversity of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. In addition to being an important breeding ground for the Southern Right Whales the region is home to several large Elephant Seal, Southern Sea Lion and Magellanic Penguin Colonies. It is also the only place on the planet where Orcas intentionally strand themselves on the beach to catch Sea Lions and Elephant Seals.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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Southern Right Whale
  

      Endangered Southern Right Whale. Named the Right Whale by whalers since it was the "Right" whale to hunt as it was slow, making them easy to catch and they didn't sink when dead

 

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     Southern Sea Lions in the surf checking us out

 

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       Southern Sea Lions picking up our scent us as they cautiously came closer

 

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     Southern Sea Lions,  Moms with pup

 

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Elephant Seals

          Elephant Seal Pup

 

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     Surf's up

 

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      Magellanic Penguin

 

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     Orcas hunting at sunrise

 

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       Orca

 

On land one encounters flocks of flightless Rhea, herds of Guanaco, armadillos, grey fox, pumas, pampas cats, mara, cuis along with over 100 species of birds and many other unique creatures. We stayed at Estancia La Ernestina a century old sheep ranch with a small rustic eco-lodge that caters to photographers and film makers. The Estancia covers 37,000 acres with 20 miles of private coastline wrapping around the northern tip of Peninsula Valdes. This put us in the heart of this wild country with its endless dirt tracks where you won’t see another person or vehicle for hours. Our visit to Peninsula Valdes was more like an African safari.  COMING SOON OUR NEXT BLOG: "ORCA BEACH"

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      Herd of wild Guanaco leaving watering hole

 

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     Guanaco

 

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Lesser Rhea

      Rhea are large (5-6 feet tall) flightless birds native to South America and related to the Ostrich and Emu    

 

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Lesser Rhea

            Baby Rhea

 

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Cuis, Cavy

     A family of Cuis, small guinea pig like mammals

 

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Piche, Pichi, Pichi Armadillo,

    Rare Pichi Armadillo

 

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     Gray Fox hunting in the dunes

 

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      Gray Fox hunting in the Penguin Colony

 

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     Magellanic Penguin

 

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      Curious little Penguin checking us out

 

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      Turkey Vulture  

 

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    Great Horned Owls

 

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      Great Horned Owl taking flight

 

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     Armadillo hiding in burrow

 

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     Magellanic Penguin Molting

 

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     Tarantula Spider on the move, notice all the Penguin feathers from their molting

 

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     A pair of Burrowing Owls 

 

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Mara

     The Mara is the second largest rodent in the world after the South American Capybara  

 

 

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          Burrowing Owl coming in for a landing

 

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    Giant Petrel gliding along the cliff's edge

 

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       Land Rovers ready to go at Estancia La Ernestina

 

    Full Moon a-rising over Estancia la Ernestina. Click to watch Time Lapse video

 

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      Lutz catching the sunrise

 

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      Ruddy Goose foraging along water's edge

 

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Grebe

       Grebe

 

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     Sunrise at Punta Norte

 

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    Giant Petrel taking off

 

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      Elephant Seal pup

 

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     Blue Eyed Shags marching their way to the water

 

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      Between 1917 and 1953 over 200,000 Sea Lions were slaughtered for their oil and blubber near Punta Norte on Peninsula Valdes

 

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   A strata of Sea Lion bones strewn across an exposed area of the cliff.

 

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           Big Bull Southern Sea Lion

 

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    Estancia La Ernestina founded in 1907 as a sheep ranch still has over 5,000 sheep roaming it's 37,000 acres

 

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        Estancia's Gaucho carving some sheep for our weekly Asado, (Argentinian BBQ)

 

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     Bring on the food!

 

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Guanaco

         Guanaco

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        Peninsula Valdes Sand Dunes

 

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     Sand Dunes

 

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       Blowing in the wind

 

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       Blue Eyed Shags

 

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    Scanning the coastline for signs of Orcas

 

       While not normally a morning person, while at La Ernestina we were on the beach before sunrise everyday for two weeks. Click to watch Time Lapse video

 

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     Another gorgeous Patagonian sunrise

 

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Comments

Dianne Branson(non-registered)
Absolutely breath taking. Such an amazing experience. Look forward to more
Rich Reid(non-registered)
Awesome photos and great traveling with you. On the bucket list for sure....perhaps one of these lifetimes. ; )
Greg Knoblich(non-registered)
How fun!! Great pictures.
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