21 April, 2015

Heading into the extreme desert...

On Sunday, Island Girl flew north for another 354 km (220 miles). She passed the city of Copiapo and approached the coastal city of Caldera where I trapped my first Chilean peregrine with Christian Gonzalez back in the 1980s.

She is now crossing the full on Atacama Desert yet again.

She roosted out in the desert, sleeping on a rocky mountain hillside at 3,067' elevation. She chose to sleep about 30 km (18 miles) inland and almost directly east of Caldera.

The San Jose mine is located on the backside of this mountain so there is a road nearby.

As a result, there are some great pictures on Google Earth of this area, including photos of flowers blooming in the Atacama. Well worth a view.

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