Wings Over the Gran Chaco
A photographic journal.
by Clair Kofoed
From the 2009 Expeditions & Guides Annual.
Gran Chaco means the hunting lands,...
...and this wild plateau running through Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina, between the Andes and the
Paraguay River, lives up to its name. The region’s 19th-century agriculture brings to mind Currier & Ives,
and the great clouds of passenger pigeons that once filled North American skies.
In the Gran Chaco, the picazura pigeons are anything but endangered—as any farmer will tell you.
For North Americans, their numbers are difficult to imagine. But they fly high and fast and are
satisfyingly hard to hit. And they’re wonderfully satisfying grilled on skewers over a slow evening fire.