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Howard Banwell | profile | all galleries >> Voyage to Antarctica >> Falkland Islands >> Tussac Point Walk tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Arrival and Storm | Tussac Point Walk | Stanley

Tussac Point Walk

Landing at Stanley's floating dock we joined about eight other passengers for a short mini-bus ride to Whalebone Cove at the start of a peninsula northeast of Stanley town. From here we walked for three hours along the coastline out to Tussac Point and around to Gypsy Cove. While largely overcast and very windy, it was an exceptionally pleasant walk amongst typical Falklands vegetation.

Along the way our guides pointed out many birds we might otherwise have missed ranging from the Upland Goose to Flightless Steamer Duck, Black-throated Finches, Falkland Thrush and the Rock Shags. Out at windswept Tussac Point we had fantastic close up views of a Red-backed Hawk alternately hovering over our heads or perching on the nearby rocks, all the while screaming loudly at us to warn us away from her nest. Beyond Tussac Point many breeding Magellenic Penguins had their burrows beneath the tussock grass, and there were more non-breeding adults and juveniles on the slopes and the white sand at Gypsy Cove. There were also two King Penguins on the beach not normally seen on this part of the island.
Upland Goose, female
Upland Goose, female
Upland Goose, female, and 10-week (?) chicks
Upland Goose, female, and 10-week (?) chicks
Upland Goose, male
Upland Goose, male
White-rumped Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Magellanic Snipe
Magellanic Snipe
Magellanic Snipe
Magellanic Snipe
Magellanic Snipe
Magellanic Snipe
Covered up for the wind
Covered up for the wind
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, female (left) and male
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, female (left) and male
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, female, and chicks
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, female, and chicks
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, male
Falkland (Flightless) Steamer Duck, male
Black-throated Finch, female
Black-throated Finch, female
Wreck of Samson, 1945
Wreck of Samson, 1945
Nearing Tussac Point
Nearing Tussac Point
Brown-hooded Gull
Brown-hooded Gull
Balsam Bog
Balsam Bog
Kelp Goose, male
Kelp Goose, male
Kelp Goose, male
Kelp Goose, male
Kelp Goose, female
Kelp Goose, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Red-backed Hawk, female
Falklands flora
Falklands flora
Magellanic Penguin in Diddle-dee
Magellanic Penguin in Diddle-dee
Magellanic Penguin
Magellanic Penguin
Magellanic Penguin at nest hole
Magellanic Penguin at nest hole
Tussock grass
Tussock grass
Dark-faced Ground Tyrant, juvenile
Dark-faced Ground Tyrant, juvenile
Austral (or Falklands) Thrush, juvenile
Austral (or Falklands) Thrush, juvenile
Olld Falklands defences
Olld Falklands defences
Gypsy Cove
Gypsy Cove
Upland Goose, female, and 10-week (?) chicks
Upland Goose, female, and 10-week (?) chicks
Warning sign, Gypsy Cove
Warning sign, Gypsy Cove
Magellanic Penguins
Magellanic Penguins
Magellanic Penguins, non breeders & immatures
Magellanic Penguins, non breeders & immatures
Magellanic Penguins, non breeders & immatures
Magellanic Penguins, non breeders & immatures
Magellanic Penguins,  4 non-breeders, 2 immatures
Magellanic Penguins, 4 non-breeders, 2 immatures
King Penguins, non-breeding
King Penguins, non-breeding