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Birding – 19th January 2018

An excellent evening birding between Rookery Bay and Phillips Point (see figure 1). Conditions were generally warm, but with a reasonably strong breeze. From the photography perspective, when the light broke through the clouds, the light was sensational. Overall, 25 bird species observed and identified, with 5 of these having young. This was my baseline walk and will be interesting to compare observations and identification over time and with seasons. In addition 3 mammal species were seen.

Figure 1 – Birding route

Bird species identified and numbers
  1. Magellanic Penguin – Spheniscus magellanicus – >25 Young
  2. Silvery Grebe – Podiceps occipitalis – 4
  3. Black-browed Albatross – Thalassarche melanophrys – >25 (fair distance from land)
  4. Southern Giant Petrel – Macronectes giganteus – 3
  5. Sooty Shearwater – Puffinus griseus – >25 (fair distance from land)
  6. Rock Shag – Phalacrocorax magellanicus – 11
  7. Upland Goose – Chloephaga picta leucoptera – >25 Young
  8. Kelp Goose – Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum – >25
  9. Falkland Steamer Duck – Tachyeres brachypterus – >25 Young
  10. Speckled Teal – Anas flavirostris – 8 Young
  11. Crested Duck-Laphonetta specularioides – 7
  12. Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura jota – 2
  13. Southern Caracara – Caracara plancus – 1
  14. Magellanic Oystercatcher – Haematopus leucopodus – 4
  15. Blackish Oystercatcher – Haematopus ater – 3
  16. Two-banded Plover – Charadriius falklandicus – 5 Young
  17. Rufous-chested Dotterel – Charaadrius modestus – 1
  18. Magellanic Snipe – Gallinago paraguaiae magellanica – 1
  19. Falkland Skua – Catharacta antarctica – 3
  20. Dolphin Gull – Leucophaeus scoresbii – 1
  21. Kelp Gull – Larus dominicanus – 5
  22. South American Tern – Sterna hirundinacea – 9
  23. Dark-faced Ground-tyrant – Muscisaxicola maclovianus maclovianus – 1
  24. Falkland Pipit – Anthus correndera grayi – 3
  25. Black-thoated / Canary-winged Finch- Melanodera melanodera melanodera – 4
Mammal Species identified and numbers
  1. Sea Lion – Bull, female, pulp and another female – 4
  2. Brown Hare – 1
  3. Feral Cat – 1

 

 

Falkland Grass Wren doing the splits

Falkland Islands Photos 2018 – Week 2

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!

Falkland Islands Photography 2018 – Week 1

With the new year underway, I have been fairly active with the camera during the first week. All photographs where taken on the Cape Pembroke Peninsula in the Falkland Islands. At this time of the year day-length is close to it’s longest. A relatively early start most days at 6 am (before work) is not early enough to hit the ‘golden hours’. I did manage to enjoy one late evening on Thursday the 4th January, which was the most productive shoot of the week. Normally i spend one to two hours out with the camera on week days, however, on Sunday i managed a 5 hour shoot, as i walked the south coast of Cape Pembroke from Surf Bay to the Lighthouse and then back through the peninsula’s centre via the ponds.

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 first week of the new year.

Photographs Week 1

A – Two-banded Plover reflection at Surf Bay – captured early morning on Tuesday

B – Two-banded Plover chick on the run at Surf Bay – captured early morning on Wednesday

C – Magellanic ‘Jackass’ Penguins in Tall Fern at Gypsy Cove – Shot during that golden hour period on Thursday evening

D – Falkland Grass Wren at Gypsy Cove – captured during that golden hour period on Thursday evening

E – Vanilla Daisies at Gypsy Cove – captured that golden hour period on Thursday evening

F – 5 Black-chinned Siskin’s at Gypsy Cove – captured during that golden hour period on Thursday evening

G – 5 Black-chinned Siskin’s at Gypsy Cove – captured during that golden hour period on Thursday evening

F – Variable ‘Red Backed’ Hawk on Cape Pembroke – captured early evening on Thursday

G – Black-crowned Night-heron at the Lighthouse – captured early evening on Thursday

H – Pale Yellow Orchid at Yorke Bay Pond – captured early evening on Thursday

I – Cape Pembroke lighthouse – captured late evening on Saturday

J – Feral (Wild) Cat at Christina Bay – captured midday on Sunday – this picture has been added as until this moment i wasn’t sure that cats could swim!