Wine & Birds near Santiago
The marshes and wetlands near the city of Santiago are among the best places for a birding experience. This recently declared natural sanctuary is at the edge of an industrial area. Despite its location, it is home of great diversity of waterfowl and passerines associated to these habitats. In our first day we will be looking for the parasitic Black-headed Duck, Rosy-billed Pochard, Yellow-billed Pintail, Coscoroba and Black-necked swans among other great acuatic species. The vegetation around is home of the Correndera pipit, Long-tailed meadowlark, Rufous-collared Sparrow and with a little luck we may spot in the reed the Wren-like Rushbird and the Many-coloured Rush-tyrant among others. After birding we will move toward our first wine experience at the Flaherty winery to have lunch and taste the wines.
This vineyard belongs to two Californians that arrived to Chile in 1993 and started to produced excellent blends of Carmenere, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Some species of the day:
Correndera Pipit, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Southamerican Snipe, Black-headed Duck, Rosy-billed Pochard, White-cheeked Pintail, Spotted-flanked Gallinule, Lake Duck, Silvery Grebe, Burrowing Owl, Cocoi Heron, among others.