Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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50 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 Birding Trip to Patagonia witched by the place, like so many others before me. Charles Darwin visited the wind-scoured Patagonian steppe as a 24-year-old man, and later in life, he tried to understand its lingering appeal. He came to no con- clusion, but he wrote that the landscape's allure "must be partly owing to the free scope given to the imagina- tion". For me, the spell of Patagonia comes from the primeval feel of the place. Civilization seems far away. There's a sense that secrets will be revealed at any mo- ment, perhaps in the form of an orange-breasted bird or a porcelain orchid. Our plane touched down at the El Calafate airport n ABOVE: Chucao Tapaculo Photo © Alex Giltjes n LEFT: Magellanic Woodpecker Photo © Liam Quinn n BELOW: Castaño Overo Glacier, Cerro Tronador Photo © Brandon Breen

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