Red Shoveler – Cattle Point Pond

On Sunday morning we headed out to check on the pond at Cattle Point and then head further along the coast to some more rarely visited ponds.

 

At Cattle Point pond their were 20+ Speckled Teal and a single female Red Shoveler a very rare vagrant to the Falkland Islands.

           

Further along the caost on an unnamed pond there were a pair of Yellow Billed Pintail with 2 young, Silver Teal, Speckled Teal & 2 pairs of Silvery Grebe.

 

At Sand Bay pond there were large numbers wildfowl including Speckled Teal, Silver Teal, 1 pair of Black Necked Swan, Chiloe Wigeon, Crested Duck also on the pond were both White Tufted Grebe and a total of 181+ Silvery Grebe.

15 of at least 181 Silvery Grebe on Sand Bay pond.

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Greater Yellowlegs – 4th Falklands Record

After seeing the Leucistic Dark Faced Ground Tyrant we headed out to Bull Point to have a look at the Gentoo Penguin colony and the ponds.

At the Gentoo Penguin Colony where a few pairs of Falklands Skuas breed. I photographed this bird stealing an egg from a very late laying Gentoo Penguin.

The Ponds were very quiet with only Speckled Teal, Silver Teal, Crested Duck & White Tufted Grebe seen.

On and at the back of the beaches large numbers of White Rumped Sandpipers, Two Banded Plover, Rufous Chested Dotterel and 3 Baird’s Sandpipers were seen.

On the Rocks on one of the spits large numbers of South American Terns were sitting including lots of last seasons young.

On the way back to North Arm settlement Mike & Sue flushed a Yellowlegs as they crossed the creek at North West Arm, it was quickly relocated and turned out to be a Greater Yellowlegs only the fourth record for the Falkland Islands.

 

  

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Strange White Bird

Went to North Arm Friday afternoon after work with Trish to meet up with fellow birders Mike & Sue Morrison who had left with my daughter in the morning. The main reason for the visit was to look for a bird that had been described as a strange white bird with yellow wings.

 

Had a good look around the areas that it had been reported for the last couple of hours of daylight but no sign of it. Next morning I went out just after first light and after about an hour looking I found it in the company of a couple of Dark Faced Ground Tyrants and Falkland Pipit.

 

After watching it for a few minutes I went and got Mike & Sue who had brief views before it disappeared.

 

Late in the afternoon it was relocated at we had long close range views for a hour. We are almost certain that it is a partially leucistic Dark Faced Ground Tyrant.