Tour to Saunders Island (Falkland Islands)

25-28/10/2006

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.


FIGAS Islander aircraft FIGAS Islander aircraft
FIGAS Islander aircraft 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.

 

Cabin at The Neck, Saunders Island Cabin at The Neck, Saunders Island
Cabin at The Neck, Saunders Island 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.

 

King penguins, Saunders Island King penguins, Saunders Island
King penguin chick, Saunders Island On Saunders Island there is a small colony of breeding king penguins, and I was lucky enough to see a juvenile too.

 

King penguins, Falkland islands

 

Magellanic penguin Magellanic penguin
Like on the other islands, on Saunders Island there are plenty of magellanic penguins.

 

Rock cormorants
Photo of rock cormorants.

 

Flightless duck
Other birds from Saunders Island

 

Skua, Falkland islands
Photos of skuas.

 

 

Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands
Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands
Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands
A very nice beach, with only penguins and no other humans!

 

Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands
Gentoo penguins, Falkland Islands Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands, Falkland islands
Gentoo penguins, Saunders islands, Falkland islands Colonies of gentoo penguins, covering completely small hills.

 

A caracara gets close to gentoo penguins...

 

Caracara
Photo of caracara.

 

Caracara attacking penguins Caracara attacking penguins
...and then tries to attack them.

 

 

Gentoo penguin with eggs
A gentoo penguin with two eggs.

 

Saunders island, Falkland islands
Photo of The Neck on Saunders Island.

 

Saunders island, Falkland islands
Saunders island, Falkland islands
Saunders island, Falkland islands
Saunders island, Falkland islands
Saunders island, Falkland islands Saunders island, Falkland islands
The wonderful landscape of mountains and white beaches of Saunders Island.

 

Sheeps, Falkland Islands Sheeps, Falkland Islands
Sheeps on Saunders Island.

 

Vegetation on the Falkland Islands Vegetation on the Falkland Islands
Nice green mosses.

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