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Falklands: Volunteer Point and Lagoon

"Volunteer Point is one of the most popular and important tourist destinations in the Falklands. The site is a cornucopia of bird activity, home to a the largest king penguin colony in the Islands as well as gentoo and Magellanic penguins, waterfowl and other birds. Volunteer Beach itself is a beautiful white sandy beach, approximately 2km long, and is where many of the penguins can be seen entering and leaving the ocean."

On our first visit, we took the overland route to Volunteer Point; a journey that is small adventure in itself. "Access is by road and off-road track, gravel roads to Johnson's Harbour, then 4WD required to reach the Point. Visitors are strongly recommended to hire a guide unless travelling in convoy with experienced off-road drivers. The track has a succession of gates and un-marked paddocks; it is often very boggy, requiring great driving skill and local knowledge, and the journey may take several hours if conditions are poor. " [Falklands Tourist Board]

Returning in 2016 aboard the Hans Hansson we were prevented by strong winds and heavy surf from landing at the Point, and instead landed at a more sheltered beach by the entrance to the lagoon.

 

Knowing that we would soon be among hundreds of thousands of king penguins in South Georgia I was not too excited about the colony at Volunteer Point, but nevertheless found a small group away from the main colony that enabled some isolated close-up shots without much background clutter.



Soon after we arrived a very strong (guessing >50 mph), very cold wind developed. On the dictum that 'bad weather makes good photographs' I headed down to the beach to get abstract shots of penguins in the blowing sand.





A visit in 2016 to Volunteer Lagoon. The wind was still strong and kicking up a sandstorm.



   


 

   





updated 02/13/2017





 

 












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