|Magellanic Penguin amongst the tussac grass.|
|Neat peat bank|
Obviously, being a Bank Holiday, the weather reverted to type at the weekend and was very "dreich" .
Cloud level was about 200 feet, and we could watch the Air-Sea Rescue helicopter fly low in the harbour, below our kitchen window.
|Unusual birds seen in the garden this week|
|Penguin looking for a burrow|
It's hard to give precise numbers, as these penguins live in burrows, but I've seen about 50 in a bay a few miles from Stanley. I regularly take Nordic Walking groups around the coast, and last week we noticed some fresh penguin poo! The early arrivals were discovered by their trait of cleaning out their chosen burrows of the old leaf litter and debris.
|Just inside the fence|
Part of the coast is fenced off to allow the birds some peace, but they do come up to, and through, the fence. And some people ignore the signs asking them not to climb over the fence.
|Checking a new nest....|
Once the nest site is chosen they can get down to breeding and raising a new generation. Find a partner, and give them a little preening on the hard-to-reach parts of their bodies. (Well, it works for me....)
The penguins are also known as "Jackass" due to their loud, braying call. Walking along the cliff and in the dunes, you could be forgiven for thinking a herd of donkeys was on the rampage!
The first cruise passengers arrive towards the end of October, so it's quite special being able to wander round the very quiet coves and beaches, as the days begin to lengthen in the Austral Spring.
|Might need a wash before attracting a mate.|
It's like an episode of "Ready, Steady, Cook". A fertile imagination is needed to produce varied meals!
"Happy & Glorious" Golden Syrup! A healthy store cupboard....