Claudio Vidal

Our Photo tour to Chile will be led by Expedition Leader Claudio Vidal, a native Chilean who is one of the leading field naturalists and ornithologists in South America. Living in Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan has helped foster his interest in the pelagic birdlife and marine mammals of Patagonia. A birdwatcher since the age of twelve, Claudio has co-authored many books, including Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & Antarctic Peninsula, Albatrosses of the Southern Ocean and Torres del Paine - Wildlife & Landscapes. But Claudio's interest doesn't stop with the birdlife of Patagonia.

Claudio is known for this wildflower photography, photographing landscapes and co-authoring such books as Wild Flowers of Patagonia and Atacama Desert, Wildlife & Lanscapes. Claudio has gained a reputation as an expert in photography, and was honored to be a keynote speaker at the 2013 AvistarPatagonia Bird Photography Workshop.

He continues to develop resource books for Chile’s most important natural areas. Claudio has been leading birdwatching and natural history journeys in Chile for years, and has become a favorite of IE guests on our many past Patagonia expeditions.