FALKLANDS ALBUM

 

 

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The Photographs below were taken during some of our Falkland Island tours. Previously we made brief visits for a couple of days as part of a combined Antarctica trip, however in 2015 we organised a land-based trip flying from Ascension Island. Sadly this route is now closed, but we have gone one better for 2018 as we take a cruise from Northern Patagonia having spent time birding and whale-watching there first. We then  have  access to parts of Falkland rarely visited and needing special permission where we should see all the endemics as well as some of the best pelagic birding when heading back to Tierra del Fuego in Southern Patagonia.

Port Stanley church

 

Black-browed Albatross are just so close.

 

 

The endemic Cobb's Wren was disappearing fast but with some islands now rat-free, they are making a comeback.

 

Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck (male above, female below)

 

 

 

the albatross-sized Giant Petrels or Stinkers as the old whalers used to call them, scavenge the seas in Patagonian waters.

Black-bellied Storm-petrels are not uncommon as we head further south along with Wilson's Petrels and various shearwaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy-headed Goose is nearing extinction on the Patagonian mainland so it is good to see so many on Falkland.

The first colonisers here used to call the meadowlark, the Robin, to make them feel at home.

 

Austral Thrush is a garden bird.

 

Johnny Rooks are also extremely rare away from Falkland these days.

Extremely inquisitive, they are able to go through any unattended rucksack very quickly!

 

 

 

 

Cetaceans are common and we should see at least three species of Dolphin and a few of whales

Blackish Oystercatcher

Soft-plumaged Petrel

 

Kelp Goose

 

Magellanic Oystercatcher

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering Albatross

Northern Royal Albatross

 

 

 

Great Shearwater heading to breeding grounds on Tristan da Cunha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-browed Albatross watches a marauding Sub-antarctic Skua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having run several ship-based tours, in November 2015 we made are first land based tour to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Flying with the RAF air bridge via Ascension Island we took the opportunity to witness yet more spectacular seabird gatherings on the journey home. All in all it was a most successful trip with five species of penguin seen on the Falklands including impressive colonies of King, Rockhopper and Gentoo Penguins.  We wandered amongst basking Elephant Seals on Seal Lion Island whilst Killer Whales breeched offshore!

 On Ascension we witnessed the strange Land Crabs on Green Mountain whilst gorgeous Fairy Terns canoodled in the trees above. Thousands of Sooty Terns provided a magnificent spectacle in the colony at the aptly names Mars Bay. They were however eclipsed by the incredible fly past of Ascension Frigatebirds as they streamed along the east coast of the island accompanied by boobies and tropicbirds. The food was very good to and we enjoyed plenty of fresh fish including the delicious Patagonian Toothfish and wonderful fresh tuna steaks.

 

 

Thousands of Black-browed Albatrosses provided a wonderful sight in the north west and we visited a breeding colony on Westpoint Island.

 

 

King Penguins coming ashore on the beach at Volunteer Point

 

 

The endearing Ruddy-headed Goose

 

 

The "beach-master" enjoying the sun

 

A young elephant seal enjoying the last few days ashore

 

 

who knows what awaits offshore?

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

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