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A Birding Pal does not charge a fee, however you should pay for their expenses, transportation costs, entrance fees, meals, etc.

Pals will answer your messages quickly, if they can. You might write to someone who is traveling, so write to more than one Pal, and be patient. Let us know if someone doesn't answer and we'll check that everything is okay.

Let us know when you are going to meet a Pal, and then let us know how it went.

Happy birding.

To: Damian Ceballo
Of: Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Available: Monday to Saturday
Language: Spanish, English

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Damian Ceballo
Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Available: Monday to Saturday
Language: Spanish, English


I am a Calafate based guide, driver, photographer and an avid birdwatcher. I was born in Buenos Aires but from the moment I reached Calafate on a vacation I decided to stay and make my living there. Such a beautiful place was going to be my everyday living and working place for the next 10 years.

Guiding and transporting tourists around the special places of the area all this years has given me the opportunity to know exactly the best places to where to find the birds in the different seasons along the different routes in the area in their different habitats.

I'll be glad to guide you as I guide people from all over the world. Just contact me so we can setup time according to your schedule.

Area and hotspots

Calafate Area, Chalten Area, Lago roca, Laguna Nimez, la estancia, la herradura, la julia, la leona, tres lagos, punta bandera

Local birds
Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata Patagonian Tinamou Tinamotis ingoufi Andean Duck Oxyura ferruginea Lake Duck Oxyura vittata Coscoroba Swan Coscoroba coscoroba Black-necked Swan Cygnus melancoryphus Upland Goose Chloephaga picta Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides Spectacled Duck Speculanas specularis Red Shoveler Spatula platalea Chiloe Wigeon Mareca sibilatrix Yellow-billed Pintail Anas georgica Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata Black-faced Ibis Theristicus melanopis Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellidae) Magellanic Plover Pluvianellus socialis Magellanic Oystercatcher Haematopus leucopodus Two-banded Plover Charadrius falklandicus Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis Least Seedsnipe Thinocorus rumicivorus Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii South American Snipe Gallinago paraguaiae Magellanic Horned Owl Bubo magellanicus Andean Condor Vultur gryphus Long-winged Harrier Circus buffoni Cinereous Harrier Circus cinereus Black-chested Buzzard-eagle Geranoaetus melanoleucus Chilean Flicker Colaptes pitius Chimango Caracara Phalcoboenus chimango Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus Common Miner Geositta cunicularia Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumetaria Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae) Austral Negrito Lessonia rufa Spectacled Tyrant Hymenops perspicillatus Ochre-naped Ground-tyrant Muscisaxicola flavinucha Great Shrike-tyrant Agriornis lividus Chocolate-vented Tyrant Neoxolmis rufiventris Grass Wren Cistothorus platensis Patagonian Mockingbird Mimus patagonicus Austral Thrush Turdus falcklandii Correndera Pipit Anthus correndera Rufous-collared Sparrow Zonotrichia capensis Long-tailed Meadowlark Leistes loyca Austral Blackbird Curaeus curaeus Patagonian Yellow-finch Sicalis lebruni Patagonian Sierra-finch Phrygilus patagonicus


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