Falkland Islands 2015

31st October - 7th November 2015

This nature photography week in the Falkland Islands was organised by Wild Photo Travel as an extension to their South Georgia odyssey which followed. The week was arranged for two small groups of five participants each with the same itinerary, but traveling in opposite directions. Our group spent the first three-nights on Sea Lion Island and then three-nights on Saunders Island. The last night and day before sailing to South Georgia was spent in the Port Stanley area. The Falkland Islands have a number of endemic species and subspecies of birds although seeing all these on a photographic expedition proved difficult.

 

Upland Goose

Upland Goose

(Chloephaga picta leucoptera) endemic subspecies, male - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Upland Goose

Upland Goose

(Chloephaga picta leucoptera) endemic subspecies, female - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Kelp Goose

Kelp Goose

(Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum) endemic subspecies, male - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Ruddy-headed Goose

Ruddy-headed Goose

(Chloephaga rubidiceps) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Flying Steamer-Duck

Flying Steamer-Duck

(Tachyeres patachonicus) male - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Flying Steamer-Duck

Flying Steamer-Duck

(Tachyeres patachonicus) male - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Falkland Steamer-Duck

Falkland Steamer-Duck

(Tachyeres brachypterus) endemic flightless species, male - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Falkland Steamer-Duck

Falkland Steamer-Duck

(Tachyeres brachypterus) endemic flightless species, male - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Falkland Steamer Duck

Falkland Steamer Duck

(Tachyeres brachypterus) endemic flightless species, female - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Falkland Steamer Duck

Falkland Steamer Duck

(Tachyeres brachypterus) endemic flightless species, pair - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Crested Duck

Crested Duck

(Lophonetta specularioides specularioides) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Crested Duck

Crested Duck

(Lophonetta specularioides specularioides) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Chiloe Wigeon

Chiloe Wigeon

(Anas sibilatrix) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Chiloe Wigeon

Chiloe Wigeon

(Anas sibilatrix) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Silver Teal

Silver Teal

(Anas versicolor fretensis) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Silver Teal

Silver Teal

(Anas versicolor fretensis) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Yellow-billed Teal

Yellow-billed Teal

(Anas flavirostris flavirostris) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Silvery Grebe

Silvery Grebe

(Podiceps occipitalis occipitalis) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Silvery Grebe

Silvery Grebe

(Podiceps occipitalis occipitalis) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

(Pygoscelis papua papua) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

(Pygoscelis papua papua) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

(Pygoscelis papua papua) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

(Pygoscelis papua papua) in a sandstorm - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

Pygoscelis papua papua) in a sandstorm - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin

(Spheniscus magellanicus) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Magallenic Penguin

Magallenic Penguin

(Spheniscus magellanicus) - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Magallenic Penguin

Magallenic Penguin

(Spheniscus magellanicus) - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin

(Spheniscus magellanicus) in a sandstorm - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

(Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) showering - Saunders Island 3rd November 2015

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

(Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) mating pair - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

Southern Rockhopper Penguin

(Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) pair - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

(Thalassarche melanophris melanophris) breeding adult - Saunders Island 3rd November 2015

Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

(Thalassarche melanophris melanophris) breeding adults - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

(Thalassarche melanophris melanophris) incubating adult - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Southern Giant-Petrel

Southern Giant-Petrel

(Macronectes giganteus) feeding - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Southern Giant-Petrel

Southern Giant-Petrel

(Macronectes giganteus) fighting over food - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Southern Giant Petrel

Southern Giant Petrel

(Macronectes giganteus) immature, feeding on a Gentoo Penguin - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Southern Giant Petrel

Southern Giant Petrel

Macronectes giganteus) with Striated Caracara's in the background - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Imperial Cormorant

Imperial Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax atriceps albiventer) - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Imperial Cormorant

Imperial Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax atriceps albiventer) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Night Heron

Night Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) endemic subspecies - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Night Heron

Night Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) endemic subspecies - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Night Heron

Night Heron

(Nycticorax nycticorax falklandicus) juvenile, endemic subspecies - Gypsy Cove 7th November 2015

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura jota) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

(Cathartes aura jota) immature - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) adult - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) adult - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) adults fighting - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) immature - Saunders Island 4th November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) immature feeding on a Gentoo carcass - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Striated Caracara

Striated Caracara

(Phalcoboenus australis) immature 'photographer' - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Snowy Sheathbill

Snowy Sheathbill

(Chionis albus) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Magellanic Oystercatcher

Magellanic Oystercatcher

(Haematopus leucopodus) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Two-banded Plover

Two-banded Plover

(Charadrius falklandicus) - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

Rufous-chested Dotterel

Rufous-chested Dotterel

(Charadrius modestus) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

White-rumped Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

(Calidris fuscicollis) non breeding - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

White-rumped Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

(Calidris fuscicollis) non breeding, in sandstorm - Sea Lion Island 2nd November 2015

South American Snipe

South American Snipe

(Gallinago paraguaiae magellanica) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Brown (Falkland) Skua

Brown (Falkland) Skua

(Stercorarius antarcticus antarcticus) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Brown (Falkland) Skua

Brown (Falkland) Skua

(Stercorarius antarcticus antarcticus) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Brown (Falkland) Skua

Brown (Falkland) Skua

(Stercorarius antarcticus antarcticus) - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Brown-hooded Gull

Brown-hooded Gull

(Chroicocephalus maculipennis) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Brown-hooded Gull

Brown-hooded Gull

(Chroicocephalus maculipennis) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Brown-hooded Gull

Brown-hooded Gull

(Chroicocephalus maculipennis) immature - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Dolphin Gull

Dolphin Gull

(Leucophaeus scoresbii) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Dolphin Gull

Dolphin Gull

(Leucophaeus scoresbii) immature - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

(Larus dominicanus dominicanus) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

(Larus dominicanus dominicanus) immature - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

South American Tern

South American Tern

(Sterna hirundinacea) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

South American Tern

South American Tern

(Sterna hirundinacea) - Saunders Island 5th November 2015

Blackish Cinclodes (Tussacbird)

Blackish Cinclodes (Tussacbird)

(Cinclodes antarcticus antarcticus) endemic subspecies - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

Austral Thrush

Austral Thrush

(Turdus falcklandii falcklandii) endemic subspecies - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

White-bridled Finch

White-bridled Finch

(Melanodera melanodera melanodera) endemic subspecies, male - Sea Lion Island 1st November 2015

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