Elephants, Leopards and Lions - with flippers.

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Re: Elephants, Leopards and Lions - with flippers.

Post by Dewi » Tue May 22, 2012 9:37 pm

The Falklands have several species of resident songbirds which are a joy to see and listen to after a long stint down South. A walk out of town anywhere will find several species within a short period of time. On one voyage back, we had hitched a ride on one of the tourist ships where I met an American birder who asked if I'd mind spending a morning's birding showing him some of the birds close to town and adjacent beaches as I knew the area. He had a list of species that he had targetted to see during his stay in the Islands and wanted to get a head start on his wishlist. By mid-morning we had seen all bar one on his list, and that one, Cobb's Wren, is a rare endemic only found on some of the smaller, rat free, outllying islands! That's how easy the birding can be here when the weather is fair and the birds so tame.

The one we missed out on that day, Cobb's Wren.
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The Grass Wren is very common all over the islands.
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Long-tailed Meadowlarks add a splash of colour to the scene here.
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As do Canary-winged Finches.
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Correndera Pipits are also numerous.
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and Falkland Thrushes are seen on the lawns in Port Stanley.
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Dark-faced Ground Tyrants adorn the fence posts along the roads.
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Or hop around the dunes along the beaches.
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Last one up is the Blackish Cincloides, known locally as Tussacbird.
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Re: Elephants, Leopards and Lions - with flippers.

Post by Dewi » Tue May 22, 2012 9:38 pm

Time to bring this one to a close now as I think I've managed to cover most of what I saw.

Thanks to everyone who read, commented, complemented (and joined into detailed discussion on taxonomy :lol: ) and put up with me wittering on for so long. \O

No more words, just a few pics to end up with...........

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Post by Dewi » Tue May 22, 2012 9:39 pm

Sprocky, thanks for the photo of the new ship. \O

All I can do here now is give the old one a send off with a quote from Tomas Transtromer and some photos of the old girl to remember her by:

A ship's engine far away on the water expands the summer-night horizon. Both joy and sorrow swell in the dew's magnifying glass. Without really knowing, we divine; our life has a sister ship, following quietly another route. While the sun blazes behind the islands.

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Post by Dewi » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:03 pm

I've been scanning some old slide film again, so thought I would add them here at the end of this old report.

Our home from home with Mt. Demeraia, Table Top & Lumiere in the background.

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The summit of Mt. Mill.

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The Peninsula South of Mt. Demeraia.

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Mt. Peary with Mt. Mill in foreground. Wiggins Glacier on left. Guy's cliff in middle background. Brash ice & 'Bergs in foreground.

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Table Top from the summit of Demeraia.

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Lemaire Channel.

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Mt. Mill in late evening light.

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Re: Elephants, Leopards and Lions - with flippers.

Post by Toko » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:27 pm

Where are we here in this serene summer scenery?

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Post by Dewi » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:35 pm

Lat. 65° 15′ S, Long. 64° 16′ W
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Post by Toko » Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:51 pm

Antarctica in the 80s ^Q^

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Post by nan » Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:51 pm

O-/
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