Couple to speak about birding trip to Chile, Easter Island

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Megallanic Penguin (Kowalczyk photo)

The Paskamansett Bird Club’s next monthly meeting will feature an illustrated talk by Bob and Joanne Kowalczyk of North Dartmouth about their recent trip to Chile and Easter Island.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. The talk will follow a brief business meeting.

The Kowalczyk’s journey took them to a diverse array of landscapes, from the modern city of Santiago at the foot of the snow-covered Andes mountains, to the Atacama Desert. They visited salt pans that were home to three species of Flamingo, and saw the three-mile high geyser basin at El Tatio. They went to Patagonia’s magnificent glaciers and to Maipo Canyon, seeking the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover — a plover with the bill of a sandpiper. The highlight of Patagonia was visiting the Otway Sound Penguin Colony with its 10,000 penguins.

Their Chilean adventure ended 2,200 miles out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Easter Island. Easter Island is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. The Kowalczyks will share their photos of the trip, including flamingos in the northern desert area of Atacama, shorebirds in the central lake-district, penguins in the southern Patagonian wilderness, and stone sculptures on Easter Island.

Refreshments and conversation will follow the presentation. The meeting is free, open to the public, and accessible.

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