Falkland Islands photos

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Black-browed albatross, adult and chick, at the enormous colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross, adult and chick, at the enormous colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands. This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs. The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days.
Species: Black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys
Location: Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 24120  
Straited caracara, a bird of prey found throughout the Falkland Islands.  The striated caracara is an opportunistic feeder, often scavenging for carrion but also known to attack weak or injured birds, Phalcoboenus australis, Steeple Jason Island
Straited caracara, a bird of prey found throughout the Falkland Islands. The striated caracara is an opportunistic feeder, often scavenging for carrion but also known to attack weak or injured birds.
Species: Striated caracara, Phalcoboenus australis
Location: Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 24125  
Steeple Jason Island at sunrise, one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands.  Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross.  Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society
Steeple Jason Island at sunrise, one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands. Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Location: Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 24131  
Black-browed albatross colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.  This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs.  The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross colony on Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands. This is the largest breeding colony of black-browed albatrosses in the world, numbering in the hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs. The albatrosses lay eggs in September and October, and tend a single chick that will fledge in about 120 days.
Species: Black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys
Location: Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 24258  
Birdwatching, on the stern deck of the ship M/V Polar Star.  While en route between remote ocean islands such as the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkneys and South Shetlands, seabirds often fly alongside the boat
Birdwatching, on the stern deck of the ship M/V Polar Star. While en route between remote ocean islands such as the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkneys and South Shetlands, seabirds often fly alongside the boat.
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23711  
Interesting rock formations on plateau atop New Island, with sheer rugged seacliffs and the ocean beyond
Interesting rock formations on plateau atop New Island, with sheer rugged seacliffs and the ocean beyond.
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23798  
Photographer Al Bruton, photographing Magellanic penguins on grasslands above the ocean, New Island
Photographer Al Bruton, photographing Magellanic penguins on grasslands above the ocean.
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23799  
Sand beach at New Island Settlement, with zodiac ashore and shipwrreck
Sand beach at New Island Settlement, with zodiac ashore and shipwrreck.
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23800  
Visitors watch gentoo and Magellanic penguins on beautiful Leopard Beach, coming ashore after they have foraged at sea, Carcass Island
Visitors watch gentoo and Magellanic penguins on beautiful Leopard Beach, coming ashore after they have foraged at sea.
Location: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23973  
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea.
Location: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23985  
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea.
Location: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 24010  
White nellie, the white morph of the southern giant petrel.  Southern giant petrel in flight, Macronectes giganteus
White nellie, the white morph of the southern giant petrel. Southern giant petrel in flight.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23678  
Southern giant petrel in flight.  The distinctive tube nose (naricorn), characteristic of species in the Procellariidae family (tube-snouts), is easily seen, Macronectes giganteus
Southern giant petrel in flight. The distinctive tube nose (naricorn), characteristic of species in the Procellariidae family (tube-snouts), is easily seen.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23681  
Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross in flight. The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic.
Species: Black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23716  
Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross in flight. The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic.
Species: Black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23717  
Black-browed albatross in flight.  The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross in flight. The black-browed albatross is a medium-sized seabird at 3137" long with a 7994" wingspan and an average weight of 6.410 lb. They have a natural lifespan exceeding 70 years. They breed on remote oceanic islands and are circumpolar, ranging throughout the Southern Oceanic.
Species: Black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys
Location: Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23719  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23723  
Rockhopper penguin.  This juvenile has not yet developed the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin. This juvenile has not yet developed the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23727  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23728  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23729  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23730  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23731  
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults.  The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome, New Island
Rockhopper penguin portrait, showing the yellowish plume feathers that extend behind its red eye in adults. The western rockhopper penguin stands about 23" high and weights up to 7.5 lb, with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23732  
Rockhopper penguins, on rocky coastline of New Island in the Falklands.  True to their name, rockhopper penguins scramble over the rocky intertidal zone and up steep hillsides to reach their nesting colonies which may be hundreds of feet above the ocean, often jumping up and over rocks larger than themselves.  Rockhopper penguins reach 23" and 7.5lb in size, and can live 20-30 years.  They feed primarily on feed on krill, squid, octopus, lantern fish, molluscs, plankton, cuttlefish, and crustaceans, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Rockhopper penguins, on rocky coastline of New Island in the Falklands. True to their name, rockhopper penguins scramble over the rocky intertidal zone and up steep hillsides to reach their nesting colonies which may be hundreds of feet above the ocean, often jumping up and over rocks larger than themselves. Rockhopper penguins reach 23" and 7.5lb in size, and can live 20-30 years. They feed primarily on feed on krill, squid, octopus, lantern fish, molluscs, plankton, cuttlefish, and crustaceans.
Species: Rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23747  
Kelp goose chicks eating kelp (seaweed).  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island
Kelp goose chicks eating kelp (seaweed). The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva. It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp.
Species: Kelp goose, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23754  
Kelp goose, male showing entirely white plumage.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island
Kelp goose, male showing entirely white plumage. The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva. It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp.
Species: Kelp goose, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23755  
Kelp goose, female with multicolored plumage very different from the pure white of male kelp geese.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island
Kelp goose, female with multicolored plumage very different from the pure white of male kelp geese. The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva. It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp.
Species: Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23758  
Kelp goose chicks, nestled on sand between rocks.  The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva.  It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum, New Island
Kelp goose chicks, nestled on sand between rocks. The kelp goose is noted for eating only seaweed, primarily of the genus ulva. It inhabits rocky coastline habitats where it forages for kelp.
Species: Kelp goose, Chloephaga hybrida, Chloephaga hybrida malvinarum
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23759  
Imperial shag or blue-eyed shag, in tussock grass.  The Imperial Shag is about 30" long and 4-8 lbs, with males averaging larger than females.  It can dive as deep as 80' while foraging for small benthic fish, crustaceans, polychaetes, gastropods and octopuses, Leucocarbo atriceps, Phalacrocorax atriceps, New Island
Imperial shag or blue-eyed shag, in tussock grass. The Imperial Shag is about 30" long and 4-8 lbs, with males averaging larger than females. It can dive as deep as 80' while foraging for small benthic fish, crustaceans, polychaetes, gastropods and octopuses.
Species: Imperial shag, Leucocarbo atriceps, Phalacrocorax atriceps
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23762  
Patagonian crested duck, on sand beach.  The crested dusk inhabits coastal regions where it forages for invertebrates and marine algae.  The male and female are similar in appearance, Lophonetta specularioides, New Island
Patagonian crested duck, on sand beach. The crested dusk inhabits coastal regions where it forages for invertebrates and marine algae. The male and female are similar in appearance.
Species: Crested duck, Lophonetta specularioides
Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom
Image ID: 23764  
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