Recently word has gotten out that Patagonia is perhaps the very best place in the world to photograph wild Pumas (mountain lions) in their native habitat. This is surely an amazing photographic experience but, just one of the many wildlife opportunities that abound.
Patagonia is also known for Condors and Penguins but it is also home to several other species of beautiful birds. Chilean Flamingoes and the gorgeous Black-necked Swan are two that are worth mentioning.
Several species of Owls may also be encountered, especially if one travels with an experienced naturalist guide with the eyes and knowledge of where to find them.
Several species of birds of prey are also commonly encountered.
There is a wide variety of lovely songbirds and several endemic bird species in Patagonia such as the endearing Chucao Tapaculo with its exotic jungle call.
Apart from the spectacular birds and mammals, Patagonia is also a place where the Old West is still very much alive. It is quite common to come across authentic Gauchos on horseback and who still live a simple rural lifestyle that has long vanished from the rest of the western world.
The real magic happens when one manages to capture an image that combines any of the beautiful creatures with the amazing mountain scenery as a backdrop.
Therefore, when planning for a trip to Patagonia, one needs to consider coming prepared for much more than just fantastic scenic photo ops. Be sure to bring a long lens in the 400-500mm range, preferably one that can be reasonably handheld allowing one to react quickly when a great wildlife opportunity suddenly arises.
If one wishes to best take advantage of Patagonia’s vast wildlife opportunities, it is recommended to visit during the springtime months of November and December. This is when most of the birds and mammals will be found caring for their newborn offspring. This is also a time when blooming plants and shrubs are in abundance adding a colorful accent to both scenic and wildlife images.
Patagoniaphoto.com specializes in small group tours and offers an annual Springtime workshop that is specifically timed to coincide with the absolute peak window for wildlife activity. Also offered in springtime is a dedicated Puma photography workshop that is limited to just 4 participants.