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Falklands: Saunders Island



Saunders Island overview

Saunders Island Neck detail

We visited two sites on Saunders Island, the famous Neck, and a location where a small waterfall is used as a showerbath by rockhopper penguins. Click HERE to jump to the waterfall.

The Neck of Saunders Island

The Neck of Saunders Island is a narrow isthmus, jut a few hundred yards across, separating two sandy beaches. It is a truly exceptional location for wildlife. There are large nesting colonies of black browed albatross and rockhopper penguins on the steep slopes below the hill at bottom right of the photo; colonies of king penguins on the flat land between the beaches; and many other bird species to be found on the beach. Altogether, I rate the Neck as the most diverse and profitable single location for wildlife photography of the sites I have visited on the Falklands.


ALBATROSS




RED-BILLED GULLS

OTHER BIRDS



ROCKHOPPERS

Rockhopper penguins nest high up on the hillside above the Neck, and come ashore through big surf to climb a rocky cliff face before continuing a long way up steep grassy slopes. It is not at all obvious why they approach their nests via the cliff, when they could equally well land on a gentle beach just a few hundred yards away. Watching them trying to get a foothold on the wave-swept rocks is harrowing, as the surf often throws them onto the rock, and then sweeps them back out to sea. Nevertheless they are persistent, seeming not to care about the battering they receive, and eventually gain a toehold to start climbing. Their sharp claws help them climb improbably steep faces, and in several places the passage of countless rockhoppers along their 'highways' has worn grooves in the rock.




ROCK COLORS

KING PENGUINS


   


Photos below are from a return visit to the Neck in 2016 aboard the Hans Hansson

   





 



 

 

 

Photos from an earlier visit in 2013 to the king penguin colony at the Neck



Saunders Island Waterfall


Rockhopper shower bath #1 : The Waterfall, Saunders Island




updated Feb 10, 2017



 

 












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