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Gentoo Penguins & Goodbye Falklands: S. America - Part 26

Our last shore excursion in the Falkland Islands was an expedition - in short-wheel-base LandRovers - to visit the penguins at Bluff Cove Lagoon. These were Gentoo penguins - some 1,000 pairs of them - and they were delightful, as these flightless birds often are. The 6-mile ride to the Lagoon, over peat bogs and rocky ridges, was rough in the extreme - no wonder we were warned beforehand! Exciting in a painful way - but we got there and then had to endure the wind and the rain, which made it very difficult indeed to hold the camera steady! (Hence the less than sharp pictures in this gallery.) Besides the Gentoos, there were a few stately King Penguins, a gaggle of Upland Geese, and even a lone Macaroni penguin, obviously blown off course, according to one of the guides, and taking refuge in the nearest cove he could find.
When we'd had enough of being buffeted about by the wind and the rain, we were grateful to escape to the nearby Sea Cabbage Café for tea and delicious home-made cakes, and then it was back over the open Falkland terrain, our intrepid driver Ralph Harris again at the wheel.
As our tenders returned us to the ship, and we weighed anchor to depart, the skies cleared and the sun came out.
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Penguins, as far as the eye could see
Penguins, as far as the eye could see
They are relatively approachable
They are relatively approachable
As curious about us as we are of them
As curious about us as we are of them
They stood in front of us, like a row of curious school kids!
They stood in front of us, like a row of curious school kids!
When I moved, they turned tail and ran.
When I moved, they turned tail and ran.
Open scenery, with penguins
Open scenery, with penguins
The penguins home turf
The penguins home turf
These are Upland Geese
These are Upland Geese
Upland Geese, running ahead of us
Upland Geese, running ahead of us
Penguins heading for the beach
Penguins heading for the beach
This is sea cabbage
This is sea cabbage
They chatter like a big garden party
They chatter like a big garden party
You can't come past this marker!
You can't come past this marker!
Mostly Gentoo with a few King penguins
Mostly Gentoo with a few King penguins
They are fascinating to watch
They are fascinating to watch
Distinctive markings idenify them for us
Distinctive markings idenify them for us
Heading for the tea room!
Heading for the tea room!
The warm and welcoming café
The warm and welcoming café
Wide sandy beach at Bluff Cove Lagoon
Wide sandy beach at Bluff Cove Lagoon
Our last look back at the penguins beach
Our last look back at the penguins beach
Heading back over the camp
Heading back over the camp
Our LandRover safari heads back
Our LandRover "safari" heads back
Over peat bog and tough turf
Over peat bog and tough turf
A bumpy ride over open countryside
A bumpy ride over open countryside
Landrovers on the skyline
Landrovers on the skyline
The LandRover is a necessity in the Falklands.
The LandRover is a necessity in the Falklands.
Ralph Harris, our intrepid driver
Ralph Harris, our intrepid driver
An oil supply ship, from which we refueled
An oil supply ship, from which we refueled
The pilot boat alongside Minerva
The pilot boat alongside Minerva
The Falklands make a low profile
The Falklands make a low profile
Last light of day over the islands
Last light of day over the islands
A few distinctive land marks
A few distinctive land marks
Scarred by wind, weather - and war
Scarred by wind, weather - and war
Truly a unique and unforgetable place
Truly a unique and unforgetable place
Our tender is raised on board
Our tender is raised on board
And so to the open sea once more
And so to the open sea once more