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Falkland Islands

Day 6: Falkland Islands!

S. Atlantic Ocean

semi-overcast 44 °F

Since I am dead tired, I willl to try be as succinct as possible despite today being UNCREDIBLE, thanks to our guide, Tony. I was hoping to see some penguins,..read on to see what happens!

So many life birds today including the Fakland-endemic FLUGHTLESS STEAMER-DUCK, which is surprisingly abundant — I got this just in the harbor at a first glance,
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Our ship for the 16-day voyage waited patiently in the harbor for us during the day.
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BLACK-THROATED FINCH, lifer:
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FALKLAND GRASS-WREN, lifer:
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Then, we hit the jackpot when we spotted this huddle of MAGELLANIC PENGUINS on the beach. Life bird!
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Sometimes being a penguin is just too fatiguing!
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Especially when you’re looking over your nest situated one foot away from a walking path (!!!)
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KELP GOOSE, male:
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SILVER TEAL:
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Female UPLAND GOOSE with her goslings:
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FALKLAND PIPIT:
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Next, we headed to a place where Tony knows of a colony of GENTOO PENGUINS, and sure enough, there they were! BUT-
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-I spy with my little eyes, KING PENGUIN! He is the bird in the center for orange and yellow on the chest, and it was audu a treat seeing him since the only “reliable” location requires three hours of driving. TOO COOL!!!
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Closer views of the GENTOOs — so cuuute! A penguin trifecta for today!
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RUFOUS-CHESTED DOTTEREL, life bird
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AUSTRAL THRUSH, lifer!
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BLACK-FACED GOUND TIRANT, life bird
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Wild Lavender
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Sleepy Elephant Seal:
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And a grumpy sea lion who snorted upon our distant approach,
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LONG-TAILED MEADOWLARKS were one of the most common, but also the most striking birds seen today! Love these! Lifer!
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Stumped by this one.
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The amazing female KELP GOOSE!
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Yet another lifer: TWO-BANDED PLOVER:
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WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, nice!
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Beautiful view of the WHITE-TUFTED GREBES today,
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Their relative the more-uncommon SILVERY GREBE!!! Sooo cool - life bird!
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MAGELLANIC OYSTERCATCHER, lifer
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VARIABLE HAWK, another lifer:
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DOLPIHN GULL, life bird!
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The scenery is breathing — almost surreal
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It was an amazing day of guiding! Later on as the ship left, I did some seawatching from the aft and found many SOOTY SHEARWATERS flying through — very cool!
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This distant BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS was nice of course, too,
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Subtle and unique sunset of the Southern Ocean.
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AWESOME, AWESOME day! Bird-of-the-day to the lone King Penguin! Stay tuned — tomorrow is a day at sea which should bring some interesting birds because of the increasing proximity to Antarctica.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1066 Species (24 life birds today!)

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