“Far South” in the Americas

Claudio Vidal, Far South Expeditions & Jeff Bouton, Leica

Claudio Vidal, Far South Expeditions & Jeff Bouton, Leica

I first met Claudio Vidal in 2004 at theAmerican Birding Association’s convention in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and have had the pleasure of birding with him at various shows and birding/nature expos since (although not nearly enough). An all around great guy, enthusiastic & knowledgeable, with a passion for the natural world, we bonded immediately.

Enrique Couve, Founder, Managing Director & Expedition Leader FSE in his element

Enrique Couve, Founder, Managing Director & Expedition Leader FSE in his element

I met Enrique Couve, at a later show and liked him immediately as well! Clearly we shared that same innate appreciation of nature and his sincerity & warmth won me over right away. A consummate naturalist and skilled wildlife photographer, Enrique has amassed one of the most thorough collections of images of the Flora & Fauna in Chile on record.

Claudio F. Vidal - Founder, Product Manager & Expedition Leader at Far South Expeditions

Claudio F. Vidal – Founder, Product Manager & Expedition Leader at Far South Expeditions

Claudio has been exploring  the wilds of “Far South” America since he was a boy of 12 and Enrique even before. The two are true “birds of a feather” and have conspired to work together on over 20 natural history titles to Chile & Patagonia including the acclaimed, “Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula” and more recently, the epic guide, “Aves de Chile”. In 1997 the two co-founded Far South Expeditions the prestigious nature tour company based out of Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city on the shore of the fabled Straits of Magellan. So as you can see “Far South” is more than just a random name, it’s a way of life!

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When you travel with FSE you can literally say you are with “the guys that wrote the book.”

Book 1

The epic field guide “Aves De Chile” written by Enrique & Claudio along with Jorge Ruiz T. is a culmination of their many combined years in the field and a must have companion for any field birder in the “Far South”.

Book bins

If you are linguistically challenged as I am, never fear, the English language version of “Birds of Chile” is just around the corner. expected to be released early in 2018. In direct comparison to Leica’s extremely compact 8×32 Ultravid HD-Plus binoculars, this guide is easily portable for field use and even if I can’t understand all the words can clearly appreciate the effectiveness of the plates in the link here!

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Left to Right – Jorge Valenzuela, Enrique Couve, Rodrigo Tapia, Sebastian Saiter & Claudio Vidal

Happily, Leica is now partnering with Far South Expeditions and their skilled team of professional guides will be offering us continuing content from the land of the Far South in the future. Adding to the global perspective of birds and nature presented by talented industry leaders from around the world!

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Rodrigo Tapia

Stay tuned for more thorough stories about the FSE guides scouring the Far South and their amazing adventures on the Leica Nature Observation Blog and the Leica Sport Optics birding pages on social media. I know I personally can not wait to vicariously enjoy your adventures from the wilds of the Far South!

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Sebastian Saiter

 

Matias Ballarini

Matias Ballarini