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Birds @ Paranal

Wednesday 22 August 2012, by fmillour

Mount Paranal is in the Atacama desert, one of the dryest place on Earth. Nevertheless, there are still few episodes of rain, or even snowfalls in this very dry place.

Since my first travel to Paranal in 2004, I have seen changes in this dry environment, like these brownish-dried woodsticks becoming green plants and flowers. All this new vegetation is attracting a whole bunch of insects (including flies and other insects), lisards, and even a fox (I could never picture it, unfortunately, but saw it several times).

This time, I’ve seen and pictured birds, confirming the change of environment. I guess they were already present last year because I was already hearing their chirping, without actually seeing them. This time, It’s not 1 or 2, but more than 10 of these birds I saw while walking on the startrack.


One bird A second bird Still the 2nd A 3rd one
This is another type of bird, seen far away (would it be a condor?) The Paranal residencia is still far away The bird's environment. I prefer home. 4
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