Out birding this morning around Stanley airport, on the grass verges of the runway there were lots of Two Banded Plovers & Rufous Chested Dotterels along with 3 White Rumped Sandpipers and between 3 and 5 Baird’s Sandpipers.
Above a couple of Magellanic Snipe were doing the display flight and drumming sound.
While steaming to the location anboard the Maersk Traveller I saw a pod of 5 Peale’s Dolphins Lagenorhynchus australis and a pod of 4 Commerson’s Dolphins Cephalorhynchus commersonii. At the location I saw three species of baleen whales they were Antarctic Minke Whale Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis and Dwarf Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata which was my first sighting of this sub species.
The first four images below are of the dive sequence of an Antarctic Minke Whale.
Below images are of Sei Whales
The below two images are of the Dwarf Minke Whale that came right alongside the vessel, in the second image you can see the diagnostic white flippers of this species.
On the trip back I saw my second new Cetacean for the trip in the form of two pods of Hourglass Dolphins Lagenorhynchus cruciger, they were a long way off but managed to get a record shot to confirm identification.