Phoenicoparrus is a genus separated from the rest of the Flamingos because of their deep mandible or lower bill and the very long filtering filaments or lamellae in the maxilla or upper bill.


Their higly restricted range makes it difficult to find them in the field. Often you will see them next to the other two South American species, Andean and Chilean Flamingo.


There are two specific spots that hold two important colonies of James Flamingo. One is in Southern Bolivia in lake Laguna Colorada at 4300 mts above sea level which keeps more than 40 thousand of them. Then in Chile in Tara salt lake a smaller colony but also quite important because is the only place in Chile where is easier to find them active.


Puna Flamingo ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.



Photographic gear for Patagonia, Is essential when you make photosafari specially in such a place as Patagonia to be helped by the right gear. Patagonia keeps inhospitable climate conditions which lead the way we will prepared ourselves for the full of half day activity.

Here we will suggest you a few tips to have on mind.

This wild piece of earth shows different kinds of light which often are changing quickly because of the wind. We would like to recommend you to have a nice body camera and of course and manly good quality lenses.

In Patagonia you can have literally the four seasions in a few minutes. Also this brings often clouds that decorates beautifully the scenary and at the same time situations in poor ad dramatic light.


Camera body

For it we suggest you the next camera bodies to have on mind.

  • Nikon D600/ Canon 6D
  • Nikon D800/ Canon 5D Mark II
  • Nikon 810a/ Canon 5D Mark III
  • Nikon 7200 / Canon 7D Mark II

Patagonia is remarkable for it sunrises and sunsets and the drama you can find         within it. For it is essential to have nice sharp lenses to catch the beauty of the momento.

  • Canon 100-400mm 5.6G Zoom
  • Canon 17-40mm 4.0G Wide angle
  • Canon 100mm 2.8G Macro
  • Canon 24-105mm 2.8G Wide and zoom
  • Nikon 50mm 1.2G Macro
  • Nikon 200-500mm 5.6G Zoom
  • Nikon 70-200mm 2.8G Zoom
  • Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G Wide angle
  • Nikon 28-300mm 3.5G Wide and zoom


Tripods and Monodopods. Why?

 Simple. Is stabilization and confort. Specially for sunrises and sunsets when light take long times to rise or set. Tripods are made for this.

Monopods why so? Well we will be doing some small walks or hikes to get to our beautiful light spots, whats better to stabilize your frame with a light weight monopod to achieve an artistic composition shot.

In this case, you can find different options in different brands with exellent quality. The essential thing here to focus in on the retractable single leg of it to be soft and steady. This will give you perfect balance in the middle of any trail at any momento. As you know such a pristine and wild place as Patagonia you never know what is comning next, an amazing lenticular red cloud on the sunset or a Puma crossing on front of you. Also helps a lot when you are carryng the long zoom lenses.


Complement accesories

Some others essential complement accesories to take on consideration.

Patagonia is generous in her variety of beauty, light and landscaping. For he same we would like to suggest memory cards and other important details.

  • Lexar SD HC 300MB/s 32g /64g / 128g
  • Sandisk SD HC 260MG/s 32g / 64g / 128g
  • Kingston SD HC 300MB/s 32g / 64g / 128g
  • Extension tubes ( For macro shots)
  • Teleconverter ( For more zoom)
  • Neutral density filter ( For wáter movement shots, long exposures)
  • Extra batteries ( at least two or three more)
  • Raing camera bag ( waterproof)
  • Flash
  • Remote trigger


Another essential detail is a nice and confortable camera bag. For carrying the lenses during the walks and to protect them from the changeable climate conditions.

There are a few nice options to suggest. All of them are waterproof.

  • Lowepro Pro trekker 450 AW
  • Lowepro Pro trekker 400 AW
  • Lowepro Photo classic BP 300 AW

Clothing and outdoors hiking gear

 Patagonia means changeable climate conditions. For a confortable staying is essential to bring the necessary outdoor clothing so you dont worry about the climate just about the frame and the ligth.

  • Breatheable waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof hat
  • Hiking goretex shoes
  • Short and long sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm and breathable socks
  • Fleece
  • Feather jacket ( Nano puff Patagonia)
  • Light waterproof gloves ( easy camera managing)
  • Shorts or convertible pants
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen ( at least 50 fps)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Books for long rides
  • Personal toiletries

We recomment to try to pack as light as possibe for a confortable trip. Photo gear is already quite heavy and delicate.


We invite you not to a Photosafari, more essentially to have an intense visual experience in Patagonia.

Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus

Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus
Endemic to Patagonia. Local resident in Magallanes, Chile, more common in Argentina.
It lives in bushy Patagonian steppes, also near arid zones with scattered shrubs, reaching the coast.
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Mainly terrestrial, running rapidly with tail cocked high. Also perches on top of bushes, like Calafate. Wary, often remaining hidden in bushy cover.
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Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus_SS 3
Band-tailed Earthcreeper, photo © Sebastian Saiter, Far South Expeditions.



The Chilean Palo Verde (Chañar) is a endemic tree which grows inside the limits of the Atacama desert from Arica to Coquimbo. It is adapted to dry conditions and altitudes getting to colonize soils at 2300 mts (7500ft).


It is quite popular among the andean local communities because of its fruit which is used from ancestral times as a medicine for the throat and as kind of local syrup for desserts and meals.

Is the only legume which instead of having a long fruit, has a fleshy oval pod that contains a small single seed in the middle.

FOTO EDITADA-12Chañar ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.


Araucana Orchid ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

Gavilea is an endemic genus from South America, comprising 16 different species, all of them living only in Patagonia. It blooms between spring and summertime, and is often associated to forests and mesofitic shrubs.

Gavilea araucana_SSFOTO EDITADA-27

Southern Marine Otter, Lontra felina, Chiloé Island, Chile


Southern Marine Otter, photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Floating on its back on a calm, sunny day in Chiloé Island, Chile’s Lake District, a Southern Marine Otter, Lontra felina manipulates a Kelp Crab it just caught in order to crack it open and eat it. One of the three South American otters, it can be found in the coasts of the Pacific from Chimbote in Peru to Cape Horn in Chile.


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Constanza’s Tree Iguana  ©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

An adult male Constanza’s Tree Iguana, Liolaemus constanzae takes a last sunbath right before sunset in the banks of Vilama River near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It is one of the endemic reptiles we have between Parinacota and Antofagasta regions in Northern Chile.


Guanaco Bush, Anarthrophyllum desideratum, Torres del paine, Chile

©Alvaro Barrientos, Far South Expeditions.

Opening the flowering season all over the park and many other locations in Patagonia, it is one of the first flowers to bloom in this area.

It is an endemic species to the southernmost continental Patagonia. This genus comprises no more than 15 different species living in the andean mountain range.

Like most legumes, it is quite resistant to the hard climate conditions of Patagonia. This is in part explained by its adaptations like short stems to avoid the full impact of the dehydrating and cooling, almost permanent Patagonian winds and to keep it closer to the relatively warmer ground.



Andean Lapwing, Vanellus resplendens, Parinacota, Chile


Andean Lapwing, photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

The Andean Lapwing, Vanellus resplendens, is a high-altitude species that inhabits the high Andean plateau of the Central Andes in South America, where it roams the bogs and stream banks looking for invertebrate prey. The least common of the three South American lapwings, it can be found in suitable habitat in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

An Imperial visit to the Straits of Magellan, Magallanes, Chile


Last week we were incredibly lucky to get a most unexpected and distinguished visitor to the shores of Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan, as a vagrant adult Emperor Penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri came ashore to the astonishment and delight of those who saw it. It is only the second documented occurrence of this strictly Antarctic and largest of all penguins for Chile, and the first record since 1978, almost 40 years ago. It is also the first adult Emperor documented for the country, since the 1978 specimen was a juvenile bird.



It was checked for any health issues and observed for a few days in a local wildlife rehab center before being released in the Straits of Magellan in the proximities of its Eastern (Atlantic) mouth, from where it will probably make its voyage back to Antarctica…truly an Imperial event..!!!