Tour to Saunders Island (Falkland Islands)
Trip to Saunders Island where I've spent three nights at "The Neck" in a remote cabin where, within short walking distance, there are colonies of Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Magellanic penguins, albatross, king cormorants and very beautiful scenery.
A FIGAS flight brings me from Sea Lion Island to Saunders Island, via Stanley, for about 1 hour and 40 minutes of total flight time.
Once on Saunders Island, a still active sheep farm, I'm transported by land rover to "The Neck". The distance is about 10 miles, but takes one hour as most of the driving is off road. At The Neck there is a well furnished cabin with kitcken, two bedrooms, bathroom, hot water, heater and electricity produced by solar panel (through an inverter, it is still possible to get 220V to use a small laptop computer or recharge the batteries). It may happen that you will not see other people from when you are dropped here, until you are not picked up the departure day.
On Saunders Island there is a small colony of breeding king penguins, and I was lucky enough to see a juvenile too.
Like on the other islands, on Saunders Island there are plenty of magellanic penguins.
Photo of rock cormorants.
Other birds from Saunders Island
Photos of skuas.
A very nice beach, with only penguins and no other humans!
Colonies of gentoo penguins, covering completely small hills.
A caracara gets close to gentoo penguins...
Photo of caracara.
...and then tries to attack them.
A gentoo penguin with two eggs.
Photo of The Neck on Saunders Island.
Sheeps on Saunders Island.
Nice green mosses.