I visited several lagunas in the Atacama desert. The difference between a lake and a laguna is that a lake has an outflow, whereas a laguna does not. Because of this, lagunas are generally very salty, since the minerals keep accumulating with time, since no water ever flows out of the laguna. These lagunas are ideal habitat for flamingos, who live on the brine krill that lives in the salty lagunas.

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Birds in Chile

Coastal Rocks Covered Bird
Coastal rocks, covered in bird guano. (908k)
Red-backed Sierra Finch (Idiopsar dorsalis)
Red-backed Sierra Finch (Idiopsar dorsalis, french: Phrygile à dos roux). (933k)
Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola)
Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola, french: Pluvier de la puna). (647k)
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii, german: Bairdstrand­läufer, french: Bécasseau de Baird). (764k)
Andean Avocet (Recurvirostra andina)
Andean Avocets (Recurvirostra andina, french: Avocette des Andes) and Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis, german: Chileflamingo, french: Flamant du Chili). (1330k)
Andean Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides alticola)
Probably Andean Crested Ducks (Lophonetta specularioides alticola, german: Schopfente, french: Canard huppé). (728k)
Raptor Flight
Raptor in flight. (672k)
Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)
Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus, french: Caracara montagnard). (871k)
Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus)
Mountain Caracara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus, french: Caracara montagnard) in flight. (887k)
Horned Coot (Fulica cornuta)
Horned Coots (Fulica cornuta, french: Foulque cornue). (606k)
Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea)
Giant Coot (Fulica gigantea, german: Riesenblässhuhn, french: Foulque géante). (1222k)
Giant Coot Young Ones
Giant Coot with young ones. (825k)
Nesting Giant Coots
Nesting Giant Coots. (1267k)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura, german: Truthahngeier, french: Urubu à tête rouge). (383k)
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus, german: Dominikanermöwe, french: Goéland dominicain). (420k)
Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)
Peruvian Pelicans (Pelecanus thagus, german: Chilepelikan, french: Pélican thage) and Red-legged Cormorants (Phalacrocorax gaimardi, german: Buntscharbe, french: Cormoran de Gaimard). (939k)
Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi)
Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi, german: Buntscharbe, french: Cormoran de Gaimard) in flight. (737k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes) in Laguna Chaxa. (685k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Resting Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes). (731k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Wading Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes). (584k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Feeding Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes). (495k)
Andean Flamingo Flight
Andean Flamingo in flight. (754k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes) in Laguna Santa Rosa. (625k)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus, german: Andenflamingo, french: Flamant des Andes). (576k)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)
James's Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus jamesi, german: Jamesflamingo, french: Flamant de James) in Laguna Miñiques. (923k)

Birds on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor, german: Bindenfregatt­vogel, french: Frégate du Pacifique). (534k)
Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango)
Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango, german: Chimangokarakara, french: Caracara chimango). (822k)
Chimango Caracara Flight
Chimango Caracara in flight. (651k)

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