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Falklands - Carcass Island

Carcass Island is situated in the north-west of the archipelago. Cat- and rat-free it is a haven for small bird species including the endemic Cobb’s wren. Straited cara-caras, known locally as "Johnny Rooks" are prevalent and short-eared owls breed in the island's forest. Elephant seals bask on the northern beaches, magellanic penguins reside close to the settlement, gentoo penguins and other marine mammals inhabit the southern end of the island. The scenery is varied with beautiful white sandy beaches, tussac paddocks, rocky hills and clifftops; Carcass Island is a fantastic destination for both walking enthusiasts and those who prefer just a short stroll or drive to a scenic spot. {Falkand Islands Tourist Board}

We have visited Carcass Island four times. In 2015 we first took an hour flight in a small twin-engine 10-seater plane from Stanley. Upon arrival, there are three grass landing strips in a triangular shape to allow planes to land in any wind conditions. Sheltered by trees the original farmhouse now houses the five guest rooms. Rob and Lorraine McGill are the owners of the Island (and have been for 36yrs) and were our hosts, along with their Chilean helpers Roldan and Eva. A few weeks later we returned to again sample their cakes, this time arriving by sea onboard MV Hans Hansson. Most recently we visited again in December 2016, as part of a circumnavigation of the Falklands aboard the Hans Hanssen.


Striated caracara ('Johhny rook') are listed as 'Near Threatened', with only about 500 pairs nesting in the Falklands, but they are very common around the farmhouse on Carcass Island.They are almost entirely fearless of humans and treat their approach with indifference, making it easy to get wide-angle photographs placing the birds within their landscape.

 

Magellanic penguins nest in burrows among the gorse bushes around the farmhouse


Other birds...


   



Just a perfect sunny day with penguins and geese on Carcass Island

 


Photos below are from our visit in 2013, landing on the beach by Zodiac from MV Ushuaia.



Photos below are from our fourth visit to Carcass Island in 2016, aboard the Hans Hansson.



 

 




 

 

updated Feb 10, 2017


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