Ecotourism in the Ibera Marshes

PHOTOGRAPHY AND BIRDWATCHING

Für die Fotografie-Ausflüge wählen wir jenes Fortbewe-gungsmittel welches am besten geeignet ist um das Bild zu erhalten, welches der Fotograf haben möchte. Auf Landwegen benutzen wir einen Geländewagen, welcher mit Aussensitzen ausgestattet ist.

When any birdwatcher or photographer of nature is being asked about places to find wildlife, he will tell in the first place the estuaries of the Iberá. Due to the variety of its ambiences, lakes, swamps, marshes, wet and dry mounts, grasslands and palms, it is a refuge of an unnumbered quantity and variety of animal species, lots of them at extinction risk in a national level and/or international. Related to birds, the list rises to the 350 species, and keeps climbing.

Undeniably the bird that every birdwatcher is attracted to the Iberá is the Yetapá with necklace, this little bird of a few centimeters of body, but with a long tail that grows in spring and summer time captivates everyone with its beauty.
From October to December the male has also an outstanding red throat, which helps to attract females that have a discrete brownish colour. The destruction of the grasslands, their natural habitat, took it to the edge of the extinction. Together with these, lives another Yetapá, the Big, with a considerable size (over 40 centimeters) that makes it distinct at distance.

Between October and February it is possible to see the tiny sporophilas, these little birds, regularly known as cappuccinos, neckties or paraguayitos, their size is only 9 centimeters large; but their different singings and colours is what calls the attention of the naturalists, there are at least 7 species of them in Iberá and this number keeps rising.

Das charakteristische und intensive orange Rot des Rotkopfstärlings gibt ihm seinen Namen. Die Population dieses Vogels hat in den letzten Jahren merklich abgenommen, was auf das Einfangen durch Fallensteller zurückzuführen ist.

The lake and the estuaries are open environments where the sighting is easier. In these habitats are sighted species like the Federal, with a spectacular red orange highlights between the marsh vegetation, while the nice washerwomen comes close to a few centimeters of the boat.
Between the water poppies and camalotes we find Jacanas, Blue and Black Pollonas and Ipacaes; adding to this list are the Grey Louse, Aninga, Biguá and Red Curutié, just to mention some of the extense list of birds.

The wet mounts certainly host the most quantity of birds, however it is the most complicated place to find them because of the dense vegetation and the low light that goes through it.
We also have to keep in mind that some of these species move around in certain strata or “heights” of the forest, the spider eaters for example, little species with a strong singing that flies low between the bushes; others like the fruit eaters or tangaras, birds really colourful, prefers to be at midheight. In other way, in order to find raptors like the Black Eagle, Pampa Harrier or Chimachima, it is necessary to look really high in the top of the trees.

Der Weisskopf-Sumpftyrann fesselt jeden Besucher mit seiner Schönheit. Das Männchen zeigt einen markanten Kontrast zwischen schwarz und weiss, während das Weibchen braun und weiss ist.

The dry mounts are ideal for the great eagles; stand out among them the Crowned and the Blackberry. Between palms and acacias there are several species of woodpeckers like the White and the Cardon; also Furnariidae as the Brown Cacholote, the Crested and the Woodcutter. Undoubtedly, the hardest to find and whose everybody is looking for is the Yellow Cardinal, with a crest with a form similar with the Red Cardinal, but different colour, the golden highlights with the black spots on head and wings. Due to its particular beauty and enchanting singing, the Yellow Cardinal has disappeared from almost everywhere in the country, dam of “trappers” who seek to sell as pet.
Lots of people combine birdwatching with photography, this activity is
extremely rewarding on the Iberá, because every shot of the camera is worthy. Besides bird pictures, the nature photographer can focus in other types of animals as alligators and capybaras, which almost pose in front of the camera immobile. The swamp deer, specie at extinction risk, is the biggest animal that lives in the estuaries of the Iberá and occupies the front cover on magazines of nature and photography.

The Iberá landscapes offers the photographers the opportunity to get spectacular shots and unmatched sunsets, the water occupies the foreground and the shapes of mounts and palms are expressed in the background; while hundreds of birds are flying over the sky… that’s why you can’t waste a second.

 

In our photographic safaris, we have all kind of transport to help the photographer to get what he needs. Boats with wide space and safe to take the equipment, and also if it is necessary to mount a tripod; boats have  a quiet engine, and to get a better approach we use rows, to make an unforgettable encounter.
 
On land we move with a SUV, equipped with outdoor seats, in this way the passenger has a visual of 360 degrees.

Our teamwork, highly capacitated in birdwatching and photography, is always prejudiced in order to help at anything you can need, either to find or identify species or locating the photographer with the right light. Remember that most of the pictures in this website were taken by our cameras.

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