That furry guy (girl?) above is the main drawing card for the stop at Falkland Islands. That, and the off road foray to get there more than made up for the dull day.
Must not forget this fellow, suiting up to welcome travelers to their adventure.
The vehicles we used to get to Volunteer Point, are all 4 wheel drive with high clearance and mud tires. The drive starts out on a paved road from town, drops down to gravel, and then the fun begins. The balance of the trip is off road, and over very rough (jostled so much that I wacked my head several times while in the back seat) and boggy terrain. The trip takes just over an hour, and our convoy is made up of about 6 vehicles, all driven by local villagers.
The 3 resident penguins at Volunteer Point are the Magellanic, the Gentoo and the King.
The King, although the most vocal, only comprise about 1500 breeding pair.
There was a few young king penguins, but very hard to get a clear shot of one, except this little one near the edge.
The King’s seem to congregate the most as you will notice in the picture below.
What a varied and interesting day. Two firsts. The off roading, and getting to mingle with the penguins. They must be very used to having people about. If a half dozen or so wandered towards your direction, they would just waddle by, relatively close, and pay no attention to your presence. What a rewarding experience. Speaking of people, it was a pleasure to be able to observe and share some time with the birds without having to navigate a crowd.
Our next stop was Punta Arenas, Chile, where our 31 day pleasure cruise died very quickly. Stay tuned.