Week two was fairly active with the camera.
Monday and Tuesday I spent the early mornings at the lighthouse, highlights being the Grass Wrens and Falkland Steamer Ducklings. Wednesday i went to Goose Green and North Arm and photographed a Variable ‘ Red Backed’ Hawk and also a Barn Owl, however, with the latter i need to work on the quality as the light was poor.
Thursday and Friday early mornings i explored the south coast west of Hookers Point. This is a great place to see lots of songbirds who were feeding on diddle-dee berries. I also managed to see a South American Tern returning from a successful fishing trip. On Sunday i explored another new area recently opened up after the removal of landmines. This was Phillips Point and Rookery Bay. The highlights in this area was another Variable Hawk, 2 Bull Sea Lions, Magellanic Penguins and four stunning silvery grebes. Along the way a few mushrooms were also picked.
Throughout the week i have shared many of the images on Facebook and Twitter. I am grateful for the feedback that i have received and have used that to determine what i think are the twelve best photographs from the second week of the new year.
Photographs Week 2
A – Variable ‘Red’ Backed’ Hawk (Buteo polyosoma) this pale, female form was photographed Sunday afternoon at Phillips Point
B – Southern Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens) this bull was one of two on the rocks at the end of Phillips Point on Sunday afternon
C – Black-throated (Canary-winged) Finch (Melanodera melanodera melanodera) this male bird was feeding on the diddle-dee berries on the south coast, west of Hookers Point. It does look like it went ‘over the top’ on the lippie!
D – Silvery Grebe (podiceps occipitalis) one of my favourite Falkland Island native birds. In summer the adult birds have a frill of dull gold plumes either side of the face. The red eye is not a photographic error! Photographed at Phillips Point.
E – Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca falklanica) Photographed amongst the sheep’s sorrel along from Hookers Point.
F – Falkland Grass Wren (Cistothorus platensis falklandicus) photographed at the lighthouse, Cape Pembroke, doing the splits.
G – Black-chinned Siskin (Carduelis barbata) male bird photographed in the sand grass at Hookers Point
H – Falkland Thrush (Turdus falcklandii falcklandii) feasting on the diddle-dee berries
I – South American tern (Sterna hiruninacea) Adult bird returning after a successful fishing trip at Hookers Point
J – Falkland Steamer Duck or Logger Duck (Tachyeres brachypterus) One of the three endemic bird species. This female and 3 ducklings was photgraphed at Cape Pembroke
K – Falkland Grass Wren (Cistothorus platensis falklandicus) photographed at the lighthouse, Cape Pembroke, twerking with the best of them.
L – Falkland Pipit (Anthus correndera grayi) A normally well camouflaged bird, posed nicely for me at the lighthouse.
As always i hope you have enjoyed the photographs!