That's me and Alec Earnshaw at the dining table for lunch. We are going over a check list of birds seen that morning. It totaled over 75. I met Alec over the internet. He offered his services as a guide for a day and we accepted. Alec picked up my wife and me and took us to Reserva Natural Otamendi. Otamendi is northwest of Buenos Aires. It is a nature reserve on the Parana de las Palmas river. For the next five hours I saw and photographed countless number of "lifer" birds. Alec uses an Mp3 player loaded with South American bird songs. He has a custom built speaker with a volumn control that straps to his waist. The bird songs brought in reluctant birds and birds that were in heavy cover.
We broke for lunch and drove to a restaurant which looked like an old brick factory. As we entered the restaurant we were escorted to the backyard to vine covered tables. Lunch was a typical Argentinan country meal of beef, chicken, pasta, vegetables and bread. The birding was very good that morning and the food even better. However, the best part about the day were the people we met and their warm reception of us.
Alec can be contacted at http://www.fotosaves.com.ar/Lugares.html for day guide trips.