Monday morning saw me boarding a plane to Sea Lion Island which is located 10miles south of mainland East Falklands and has a land mass of 2,236 acres. The purpose of my visit was to give Customs & Immigration clearance to the cruise vessel Ushuaia. Unfortunately JThe Ushuaia was delayed so I had the whole day on Sea Lion Island to do some birding.
Below are some images of the 45 species of birds seen during the 1½ days I spentthere.
Juvenile Striated Caracara with stolen Gentoo Penguin egg
Adult breeding pair of Striated Caracara
3 of 12 Silvery Grebe on Long pond
Silver Teal in the California Clubrush on Long pond
Female Kelp Goose sitting on her nest near the lodge
The endemic Cobb’s Wren, an abundent species on Sea Lion Island
The endemic Falkland Steamer Duck on on Tussac pond