Commerson´s Dolphin, Cephalorhynchus commersonii, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Breaching the surface, a pair of Commerson´s Dolphin, Cephalorhynchus commersonii playfully approach to bowride a ferry crossing the Straits of Magellan, near Tierra del Fuego in Chile. A strinkingly-patterned dolphin, this marine mammal is confined to southern Patagonian and Subantarctic waters, and frequents channels and shallow areas.

Commerson´s Dolphin, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Commerson´s Dolphin, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

Antarctic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis, Antarctica

Adopting a menacing posture, an adult Antarctic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis guards its nest site against any potential intruder with a loud honky warning call. The only cormorant in the white continent, it is closely related to other southern hemisphere cormorants placed together in the so-called “blue-eyed shag” species complex.

Antarctic Cormorant © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Antarctic Cormorant, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Patagonian Mockingbird, Mimus patagonicus, Magallanes, Patagonia, Chile

Perched on a Calafate (Berberis) shrub, a male Patagonian Mockingbird, Mimus patagonicus surveys the surrounding brush listening for potential rivals as he casts his beautiful, liquid notes in the crisp spring air near Sierra Baguales, in Magallanes, Chilean Patagonia. Southernmost of mockingbirds, it is an endemic to Patagonia, found in open scrubby habitat.

Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

 

 

Grumbler Lizard, Araucania, Chile

Pristidactylus sp.

A colourful Grumbler Lizard, genus Pristidactylus rests on a tree branch in Conguillio National Park, Araucanía, Chile.

Mostly an arboreal lizard, it is an endemic to the Chilean Temperate Rainforest.

Magellanic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax magellanicus

Extending wings, tail and webbed feet, a Magellanic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax magellanicus brakes in the air just before alighting on a kelp bed in the north western shore of the Straits of Magellan near Punta Arenas in Patagonia, Chile. A southern South American cormorant, its distribution is restricted to both Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Patagonia.

Magellanic Cormorant © Rodrigo Tapia
Magellanic Cormorant © Rodrigo Tapia

Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk

Smelling the wind and alert to any threat, a Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk, Conepatus humboldti stands its ground in Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile. One of the three skunks in the country, it feeds on invertebrates, rodents, lizards and bird´s chicks and eggs.

Conepatus humboldti
Patagonian Hog-nosed Skunk © Rodrigo Tapia