Ibera is an enormous wetland covering almost 13000 square kilometers, almost the 14,6 % of Corrientes Province, northeast of Argentina.
The site is the second largest wetland in South America. The marshlands are very important for the region because they provide water resources and they also hold important population of rare or endangered animals, like Broad-snouted Caiman, Yellow Anaconda, Marsh Deer, Pampas Deer, Neotropical Otter and the rare Maned Wolf, among others.
The area has a very interesting mix of habitats, pounds, lagoons, palm groves, grasslands, subtropical forest and thorny forest. That variety allows the life to a great diversity of birds like: herons, ibis, rails, ducks, kingfishers, ovenbirds, tyrants, seedeaters, cowbirds.
Recognizing the value of the Ibera ecosystem and its fragility, in 1983 the Corrientes provincial government designated the marshlands which include a mix of public lands and private ranches as a conservation area. Nowadays there are different projects to reintroduce mammals extinct in Ibera wetland, like tapirs, peccaries, giant anteaters, and jaguars. The task is well advanced with the giant anteater, being born several offspring of adult animals released in the area a time ago.
transfer to Carlos Pelegrini (lunch in route). Arrival in the evening and accommodation at one of the comfortable guest houses
AM Birding using a 4WD car at Camba Trapo wetland (30 km) in order to look for: Yellow Cardinal, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Jabiru Stork, White Woodpecker, Plumbeous Ibis. Box Lunch. PM: Birding in the paths around the visitor center.
Probable species: Solitary Black Cacique, Golden Winged Cacique, Little Woodpecker, Cream-backed Woodpecker, Chaco Chachalaca, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, etc.
Day 3: AM Boat trip to the Corrientes river to sight: Stripe-backed Bittern, Rufescent Tiger-heron,
Warbling Doradito, Crested Doradito, White-headed Marsh-tyrant, Great-black Hawk, Rufous-side Crake, Yellow-breasted Crake PM Birding by 4WD car visiting Yuqui and Aguara wetlands (60KM):
Probable species: Comb Duck, Plumbeous Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Long-winged Harrier, Black-collared Hawk, Large-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, etc.
Day 4: AM Half day devoted to look for grassland species like Chesnut Seedeater,
Rufous-rumped Seedeater, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Lesser Grass-Finch, Strange-tailed Tyrant, Bearded Tachuri, etc. PM: Second boat trip.
Pied Water-tyrant, Marsh Seedeater, Great Pampa Finch, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, White-browed Blackbird, Purple Gallinule, Southern Screamer, etc.
Day 5: AM Transfer to Posadas to catch the flight or bus to Buenos Aires. Box lunch. End of services..