Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Guanaco

The guanaco is a relative of the alpaca, the llama, and the vicuna, and a distant relative of the camel.
Large packs of guanacos and also solitary ones live all over the high pampas and mountain sides here
in the extreme south of Patagonia, Chile, at Torres del Paines National Park.

Pumas attack guanacos, and then the condors, foxes, and other
scavengers feed on the carcasses. Our guide points to one.

We've also enjoyed some birding -- like this local gull from
yesterday on the shore of Last Hope Sound.

An Upland Goose -- these are everywhere, in pairs.


Margo said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for posting them.

Margo said...

Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Jeanie said...

I've heard of guanaco but never seen one. (Great Sqrabble word if you have al ot of vowels!) Handsome animal.