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?
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