Nature in Buenos Aires

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 13, 2011

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Paseo del Rosedal Buenos Aires
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Despite nearly 10 million people living in and around Buenos Aires, the city has a surprising number of parks and nature reserves.  Jessie and I, along with two of our roommates (Nadine from Germany and Samantha from Brazil), spent our Saturday afternoon exploring the gardens in northeast Palermo (A high end neighborhood of Buenos Aires).  Surrounded by highrises and the busy hustle of urban life, these parks create a tiny haven for birds, nature freaks, and cats.  
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.  Unfortunately it is early fall here and so the roses were not in full bloom, however, we were still able to appreciate the beauty of the park.  We also visited Jardin Japones which is a stunning Japanese style park with a picturesque red arched bridge, ponds filled with fish and of course lots of well fed stray cats. 

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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