During my second visit to Patagonia, I had the privilege of photographing Andean condors and eagles from a scenic overlook on a private estancia outside of Coyhaique, Chile. With the assistance of ranch owner Alejandro and guide Rex Bryngelson, I spent hours enjoying these birds as they glided on the thermals high above a glacial valley near the Argentinian border.
During my 16 days in Patagonia, we covered some 1,800 miles in the Patagonia region, both in Chile and Argentina. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever encounter the endangered Huemul, Patagonian deer. We finally did run across one in Torres del Paine National Park.
The iconic Caracara bird of Patagonia, known as the "thief" of Patagonia for its inclination to steal meals from other birds, was also encountered in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park.
I loved finding the common guanaco and wild horses in iconic locations with the southern Andes in the background. Even common ducks and geese took on an element of magic in a bird reserve at dawn that had the snow-covered Andes as a background.
I hope you enjoy. For more information about touring Patagonia for photography, contact Rex Bryngelson at www.patagoniaphoto.com.
© Stuart L Gordon Photography