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Falkland Islands

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  • The fourth day of the cruise and we could go on shore today at 9:00 so breakfast was early and al lot of people ready to go at 8:30 inclusing me. I was in the second zodiac (10 passengers per Zodiac so there would be 12 at least) and therefore one of the first on land yeah. First foot on this Falkland Island named Carcass Island felt like being one of the first explorers and when they called out for the "longwalkers" I was there also as one off the first. We had to walk up the hill and parallel allong the coast and we saw a lot of birds and parents with little geese. Everybody was very excited and even more when the Penguins appeared.
    Ok this is the point this app has fullfilled it's name. I found penguins here and now and it is the first time I saw a colony in the wild and even better: I was among a colony in the wild, because penguins are like honeybatchers they don't care (youtube honeybatcher ;-) ). But serious they don't know predators so they are not afraid and more likely to come to you being curious than to run away from you. As long as you just be part of their environment and walk very slow or sit still they can even walk up to you and cuddle. When this happens I will tell haha, so far they just came close or walked around me. So we landed near the settlement and walked to the far end of the beach and than crossed the Island on the smallest part to see the other beach. Penguins everywhere, 2 species actually, the Gentoo and the Magellanic Penguins. The last I have seen on the Ballestas Island also and is the one Penguin that travels also occasionally to the northern hemisphere. I thought I have seen this Penguin in New Zealand but can't find the picture, we saw the Rockhopper for certain in Milford sound.
    Than I was one of the few that walked back also, half of the longwalkers went back by boat, but finally on land I decided to grab the opportunity of a bit more excersize on land.
    When we arrived back at the settlement we had to go almost instantly because the wind had increased and the captain wanted to go. On the boat we had lunch and after we had a really exciting time because they were deciding if we could go to land or not. It al depended on the wind and waves in the bay. Finally they decided we could try, and of course we ( Rob and me) were the first in line to get off before they changed their minds 😆😉. I am so glad we could get off, especially when we arrived on the beach of Saunders Island between the Penguins. We walked across the island past thousands of Gentoo Penguins to the beach on the other side of the island where King Penguins stood and went up the mountain and came across thousands off Rockhopper penguins to go to the Black-browed Albatrosses on the cliffs. I really loved the Rockhoppers since they look so funny and act even more funny. Set up my go pro in a little stream where they walked and they got a good look at my camera and jumped around like they constantly do. Within this colony of Rockhoppers 2 Penguins tried to hide beneath their mega yellow brows, and so we saw the Macaroni species that's the 5th species already wow. Mega fun, walked back to take all the time needed with the King penguins and the expedition crew really needed to drag us back on board haha. Way to much fun on this Island to leave, and especially with the perfect weather and light. A wonderfull day and after re-cap and diner we enjoyed even more with scrolling through the photo's. I was glad with being active today but also did my second workout on board to stay in shape, showered after this and went to sleep and dream about Penguins 😆
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  • Last day at the Falklands, we traveled a lot by night and docked the ship on the far east corner at Port Stanley inside their circled bay. We got to land by zodiacs again and when I was looking around in their city souvenir shop Rob plucked me out to join his Taxi. A great plan because I didn't come here for shops and cities. We went to Gypse Cove a hill on the other side of the bay. We decided to take a one way ride with the little tour woman. Did the site seeing what meant that we looked around for wildlife and the history artifacts over there. A sort of flag canon, beaches with mines and some shipwrecks. Not a hospitable place for outsiders, this is because Argentina and England still disagree about who is the rightfull owner of the Falkland islands. We walked around and back to the Harbor in 3 hours and saw many wildlife and took beautifull shots. The good weather made it even better and we arrived just in time for one of the last Zodiacs to the Ortellius. We did 18km and almost half was with the cab so we had good exercise also. We had lunch and actually I ate double pasta 😉. I went sorting my photo's and fell a sleep, woke up 2 hours later for a Lecture about a company that is supported by oceanwide and connects groups together to support the preservation of wildlife all over the globe. After this we had re-cap and diner and I stayed in the bar afterwards to go on with the photo's without falling a sleep. I managed untill the bar closed and even longer untill 00:30. Finally normal bedtimes again😉.Read more

  • The third day at sea and we had to enjoy ourselves untill the afternoon because from that moment on we would get to see the Malvinas Islands.
    We had a zodiac breefing which everybody needed to attend in order to get off and on the ship by zodiacs safely. Not a big deal for me, since I have enough zodiac experience but to get 120 people off the ship needs some organisation also. The plan to go off the ship today was maybe an extra if we would arrive early and with easy weather conditions. Both were not really the case so we did a small tour around the island from the boat. This part is called Steeple Jason and is located on the far west side of the Islands. We got really close and saw seals, birds, dolphins and some swimming penguins also. The Dolphins were pretty awesome, they were under the boat while we were still at open sea. Actually the whole day some animals were around in the ocean, it is really a sea with lots of life. The first land was in sight at 17:00 and we were to late to claim it haha 😉. The sunset was really nice and around 19:00 so we had more time getting to know the people after this 😉.
    Just as with breakfast, lunch and diner 😂 everytime meeting new people that's also fun and so far I am the only one on a world trip haha.
    In the evening Rob en me go through our pictures to filter as much as we can so the pile doesn't get to big. Most of the time we fall a sleep doing this haha. 😴
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  • Arrived at the Falkland Islands this morning.

    Did 2 landings, one at New Island and one at Grave Cove.

    At New Island we saw a rookery of Rockhopper penguins, Albatros and Cormorants, all mixed in together. The penguins were roosting and we were told the eggs were about a week off hatching.

    At Graves Cove there were masses of Gentoo penguins roosting and their eggs were hatching. Mike and Nat actually saw one penguin hatch. We saw quite a number of chicks that were only an hour or so old.

    We also saw the penguins returning to the beach and exiting the water. Very funny. Also some dolphins playing in the water near the penguins.

    Was a good intro to landings. Weather at New Island was very warm with several people removing their jackets. It was much colder at Graves Cove in the afternoon with a cool wind blowing.

    Had a Gala Dinner tonight followed by a musical and then music to dance to. Managed to get a jive, foxtrot, waltz, cha, rumba and a tango (not to mention several line dances!).
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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