There's a saying about London buses, that you might wait for one for ages, then three turn up at once..... Well, I have lived in the Falklands for 4 years now, and until this month (January 2016), had not been on Saunders Island - one of the premier wildlife locations here. Then, I visited it twice in one week!
|One of several empty beaches|
|Growing albatross chick|
|Port Egmont. Union flag raised in 1765. Taken down again in ....1770.|
|Watching the albatrosses at the Rookery|
As there were only about two other people in the vicinity, we had the birds almost to ourselves. And we could sit and watch the parent and chick interactions for hours, without disturbing them.
Once the chicks leave the nest, they spend about 4 years circling the globe, living on the wing. They then return to the Falklands to breed.
|Note the feet!|
|Rockhoppers with chick.|
|Rock shag and large chick|
|Another empty beach, or it might be the same one.|
|Different empty beach. Keppel Island across the water.|
|Mt Egmont summit|
|Settlement below Mt Egmont|
|Buzzing the ferry on its way to the West.|
Same island, different experiences.... I'd go again!