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  1. I have recently returned from a 12 day trip to Chile and went to both the Atacama and Patagonia. This was a family holiday with my wife and our adult daughters with a focus on being outdoors rather than specifically on wildlife. However although the main photographic interest was the stunning scenery a few animals were sighted and recorded! We took the new direct flight with British Airways from London to Santiago and then flew up to Calama which is a mining town on the southern side of the desert. I took my Nikon D7200 but compromised on using a 18-300mm lens both for portability and to avoid too much family irritation with changing lenses etc! We began our trip in the Atacama, staying in San Pedro which is at an altitude of 2400m. We did a number of hikes at increasing altitudes before spending a day in the altiplano at 4000m which is where we saw most of the wildlife for this section of the trip. There was a white tailed hawk in one of the canyons lower down. On the altiplano we saw a large Andean Fox (or Culpeo) which was hunting in the salt flat for mice - on this occasion successfully (and a kill is a kill!) We saw a few flamingo but my lens and technique struggled to get a good picture. We saw a family group of vicugna. These are members of the same group as llama and live between 3200m and 4800m. They are apparently highly tolerant to salt. Finally we found a smaller fox huddilng down from the cold breeze. I will add some images from Patagonia in my next post.

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