Nature in Buenos Aires
Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
20Trip End Dec 13, 2011
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Buenos Aires is an interesting city defined by style, great steaks, good night life... and stray cats. It seems that almost every grassy patch in Buenos Aires is occupied by at least one stray cat. Despite my dislike for these creatures, I have to say that they seem to belong in Buenos Aires almost as much as Dolce de Leche belongs in just about every Argentinian dessert.
During our Saturday stroll we visited El Rosedal, a beautifully landscaped rose garden wrapping around a lake where you can rent paddle boats
We saw a few birds during the day. Among my favorite were the Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). We see them in nearly every park and they probably are common trash birds, but I find them very entertaining. Jessie and I saw large numbers of them nesting in cavity type structures in the dead leaves of some sort of palm. In the same park we also saw a Southern Caracara (Caracara plancus). We've seen it in the same spot a number of times now and I think it may have a nest as well. At the Japonese gardins we saw a Neotropical Cormorant (Phalacrocorax olivaceus), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), and a Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulfuratus).
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