News - March 2015
Dolychandra cynanchoides © Flor
Bidens laevis © Sergio Cusano
|Longflower evening primrose
Oenothera affinis© Sergio Cusano
Hibiscus cisplatinus© Victoria Mansilla
Sebastián showed us this woodpecker taking its head out of a hole and its tail out of another. Two nests which somehow ended up connected internally. In the photo the distance seemed too long te be one woodpecker. He took us to the place and though the woodpecker was no longer there we checked the distance was not such. In fact it was only an effect.
|Diego observed a female White-tipped Plantcutter near the Viamonte Cabin. The first winter bird to arrive|
|Bat © J. Simón Tagtachian
No further information than shown by the photo. Simón says that there were three individuals flying.
Though we have not seen them nesting this is not the first limpkin family we find in the reserve since water and apple snails are back. This chicks are very small and at the end of the video four can be counted. To feed them is a very patient task. Limpkins do not just provide them food to the chicks. They must teach them how to extract the snail out of the shell. And that is quite a technique to learn.
|See the Comparative chart of the 10 surveys organized by the CoaRecs|
Two ducks which make beginners doubt. Since they are together, let's see the differences in head and neck.
Yellow-billed Teal has all its head dark brown. Short and robust neck. The eye is crossed by a black line which resembles a slanted eye.
Yellow-billed Pintail has reddish cinnamon crown and face and neck whitish. Slimmer and longer neck.
|Bird Survey organized by the CoaRecs - March 21st, 2015 On Saturday 21st the Bird Survey was carried out as programmed. By noon the count reached 112 species and still the afternoon ahead to find some other surprise. The stars were no doubt the South American Painted-Snipe, which had been absent for more than a yera, the Red-Shoveler and the Yellow-billed Teal. First photos on the air and the final results of the Bird Survey|
A South American Painted Snipe eating at the nursery during the bird survey
|Diego observed a male Red Shoveler resting on an islet at Coypu. Let us find it on the Bird survey Day to add it to the list.|
|New turtle species: Common snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina© Diego Carús
Diego and Leonel discovered this turtle in the reserve .They suspected this could be a common snapping turtle. Unluckily their suspicions were right. This turtle is exotic. It is from the United States and is a real threat. It is very voracious and dangerous. One must be very careful when manipulating it since it moves its neck sideways very quickly and can cause serious bites. Claudio Bertonatti, former Operational Manager of the reserve and current consultant at the Felix de Azara Foundation , notified the authorities warning about the threat this turtle represents to the fauna. Walter Prado, of the herpetologists consulted to identify the turtle, wrote a complete article of this turtle (only in Spanish)
Caririna moschata domestica© Sergio cusano