My first photo tour to the orcas of Peninsula Valdes in 2012 (see gallery) was combined with a 7-days extension trip along the Patagonian coast further to the south. After a stopover at the Museum of Paleontology “Egidio Feruglio” in Trelew displaying a fascinating exhibition of giant dinosaurs we went to the Capo dos Bahia reserve situated near Camarones in order to photograph Magellanic penguins, guanacos, armadillos and more. Past Commodoro Rivadiva we travelled to Puerto Deseado where we visited the rare Red–legged cormorants at their nesting sites along the Ria Deseado and afterwards photographed Commerson’s dolphins, Rock cormorants and Dolphin gulls during a boat excursion. On Penguin Island, located near Puerto Deseado, around 20 km off the coast, we visited the northernmost colony of Rock Hopper penguins. Sea lions, large numbers of Imperial cormorants and huge gatherings of terns and other birdlife at the shoreline made impressive motifs, too.
The photographs in the gallery were captured with the 300mm/ f.2.8 L IS USM (+1,4x Ext II), 100-400mm/f 4.5-5.6 L IS USM and 70-200mm/f 2.8 L IS USM lenses on Canon 1D Mark IV and 7d cameras. For capturing the Red-legged cormorants the 500mm/ f 4.0 L IS USM + 1,4x Ext II Tele was used, too. General motifs and sceneries mostly were shot with the 24-105mm/f 4.0 L IS USM Zoom on the Canon 1Ds Mark III.