The Estancia El Rosario de Areco, owned by the Guevara family of Argentine polo fame, provided the perfect respite and refuge from the cold, crowded noisy Buenos Aires an hour and a half away.
This little falconidae, the Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango), was a constant presence on our pampas day and always very busy building their stick nests. Without binos, scope or even my 300mm lens, I was still able to identify the Saffron Finch, Chalk-browed Mockingbird, Southern Lapwing, Greater Kiskadee and Rufous-bellied Thrush among the many, many winged creatures resplendent in both spring plumage and song.
The Pampas are the South American equivalent of the Great Plains -- with miles and miles of prairie grassland complete with the ubiquitous herds of cattle and grazing horses. In the early 1900's Oklahomans traveled south to Argentina to teach the Europeans how to ranch in Argentina -- I wonder if this water mill an import from the Oklahoma plains.