Excursion to the gentoo penguin colony on Bleaker Island

23/10/2006

A full day to explore Bleaker Island, the Gentoo penguin colony and the beautiful Sandy Bay beach, made of incredibly bright white sand, where I meet even more penguins.

Bleaker island, Falkland islands
I hike north on Bleaker Island to visit a gentoo penguin colony, less than one hour away from the cottage. The landscape is still made of quite flat hills and low shrubs.

 

Upland goose, Falkland islands Upland goose, Falkland islands
Photos of upland gooses on Bleaker Island.

 

Sheeps on the Falkland islands Sheeps on the Falkland islands
Sheeps on the Falkland islands As said before, Bleaker island is still an active sheep farm.

 

Gentoo penguins
I finally arrive at the gentoo penguin colony, where there are about 1000 penguins.

 

Gentoo penguins Gentoo penguins
Gentoo penguins Gentoo penguins
Gentoo penguin colony Gentoo penguin colony
Gentoo penguin colony
Gentoo penguin colony
Photos of gentoo penguins. Like for the rockhoppers, this is the nesting season also for the gentoo, so they return on the land to breed.

 

Gentoo penguin, Bleaker island Gentoo penguin, Bleaker island
Gentoo penguin, Bleaker island
Penguins busy in nest building.

There are two movies showing penguins busy in nest building, click the links below to see them:

MOVIE 1
| MOVIE 2

 

 

 

Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands
Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands
Photos of gentoo penguins making voice calls to recognize the partner.

 

Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands

 

It is quite strange to see sheeps and penguins all togheter!

 

 

Sandy bay, Bleaker island Sandy Bay on Bleaker Island is a beautiful long and white beach, made of very fine sand.

 

Falkland islands Penguins on the beach
Sandy bay, Falkland islands
Gentoo penguins traveling from the ocean to the colony (about 1 chilometer of distance.

 

 

Penguins returning to the beach after foraging. Click the links below to see the videos

FORAGING | EMERGING

 

Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands
Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands
Gentoo penguins, Falkland islands
More pictures of gentoo penguins on the beach.

 

Gentoo penguins' footprints.

 

Birding on the Falkland islands
A Magellanic oystercatcher.

 

Bleaker island, Falkland islands
The impressive landscape on Bleaker Island.

 

 

Gooses, Falkland islands

 

After almost a full day out, I go back to the cottage...

 

Turkey vulture
... where I meet a Turkey vulture, a scavanger, but eating also penguin's egg and young chicks.

 

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