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Falklands - Sea Lion Island


Sea Lion Island map. We stayed at the Lodge. Photography locations are marked in red.



Sea Lion Island: an immense colony of blue-eyed shags nest by themselves on a wide rock platform.
[Photo is a merged composite of 8 individual shots with a super-wide lens]


On our first visit in 2015 we flew in a 10-seater Islander aircraft of the Falkland Island Government Air Service (FIGAS) across the entire width of the Falklands, departing from Carcass Island in the north west and landing on Sea Lion island at the extreme south east of the Islands.

Aerial views between Carcass Island and West Falkland


Our first night on Sea Lion Island coincided with a full moon. Gentoo penguin colonies just a few hundred yards from the Lodge provided an easy opportunity to find out what penguins did after sunset.
 

 


The area around Long Pond, an easy walk from the Lodge, was a good place to find birds


 


Elephant seals were abundant at both beaches north of the Lodge. Danish researchers were studying the seals, and had named many individuals.


Tussack birds like to peck at skin wounds, but the seals tend to object.


   

The beaches are also populated by gentoo and Magellanic penguins, heading to and from the sea from their colonies inland from the sand dunes.


Around 5 o'clock in the evening, large numbers of gentoo penguins began landing on the beach to the north west of the Lodge.



In addition to 'straight' shots of penguins, I tried to create images abstracting them from their background using motion blur, de-focus or blowing sand


To the south the island rises to high cliffs, where rockhopper penguins make their nests.


The rockhoppers intermingle with nesting blue-eyed shags.



The shags were constantly flying back carrying new nesting materials.


 


Photos below are from a return visit to Sea Lion Island in December 2016






Updated 02/13/2017



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