After departing Ushuaia Argentina
and cruising East (and slightly North) for a day on the
we arrived at the Falklands Islands. Our first landing was at aptly-named
West Point Island. This almost 10 square mile island is owned
by the Napier family and Lily & Roddy have a charming farmhouse
where we were enjoyed tea & crumpets next to their lush garden.
But our first stop was to see the Albatross and Rockhopper Penguin Rookery
at a lookout called Devil's Nose. This is a nice rolling mile or so walk ...
or you can take a Land Rover.
After some amazing up-close wildlife viewing, we stopped by the
Napier farmhouse on our return for some excellent Falklands hospitality.
Roger points the way as we take our first ride in the Zodiacs heading to West Point Island
Zodiacs shuttling passengers from the Ocean Nova to West Point Island
Land Rovers are the obsequious vehicle in the far corners of the Earth - Paul Lenhart picture
About a mile away is a huge Rookery with Black-browed Albatross and Rockhopper Penguins
Birds and Penguins galore just hanging out on the rocks in the Tussock Grass
Black-browed Albatross provides a show for my fellow tourists
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They would sometimes go flying right over our heads
A pair of Black-browed Albatross hanging out together - mouseover image for wings-up shot
Another pair of Albatross shot from a different angle
Yet another pair of Albatross shot with the wide-angle lens
Huge webbed feet on these birds
This Albatross allowed me to get quite close with my wide-angle lens
Close-up of this regal looking bird
Another close-up of a Black-browed Albatross - mouseover image for even closer!
There were also several Albatross chicks at West Point Island
Black-browed Albatross Chick hanging out as an Adult flies overhead
It took several minutes to "inch" my camera in closer
He did show his wings at one point, but otherwise seemed comfortable with my presence
I held the wide-angle lens out at arm's length and he seemed quite comfortable about it
RockHopper Penguins hiding out in the Tussock Grass
I wonder if these RockHopper Penguins were brothers?!?
Roger using a long-lens to get close-ups of the wildlife
Rick doesn't have a long lens on his camera ... but doesn't need one! ;-)
Conrad looks confused while using his new Macro Lens - note lens cap - D'OH! ;-)