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 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!