Wildlife Tours in Falkland Islands: 1 Trip(s) Found.
A Falkland Islands wildlife tour will immerse you in a unique landscape where so many southern hemisphere birds have chosen to breed. Many of the 700 islands of the archipelago have been designated Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International. This reflects the vital role the Falkland Islands play in supporting 227 bird species. Among these, you find 80 percent of the world’s population of that amazing seabird, the Black-browed Albatross. There are five types of penguins breeding here – King,...
A Falkland Islands wildlife tour will immerse you in a unique landscape where so many southern hemisphere birds have chosen to breed. Many of the 700 islands of the archipelago have been designated Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International. This reflects the vital role the Falkland Islands play in supporting 227 bird species. Among these, you find 80 percent of the world’s population of that amazing seabird, the Black-browed Albatross.
There are five types of penguins breeding here – King, Magellanic, Rockhopper, Gentoo, and Macaroni. And Great and Sooty Shearwaters build nest burrows amongst the characteristic Tussac Grass. Meanwhile, Southern Giant and White-chinned Petrels fish in the South Atlantic waters around the islands.
There are three endemic birds to be seen on a Falkland Islands wildlife tour. These range in size from the tiny Cobb’s Wren, through the Tussac-bird to the large flightless Falklands Steamer Duck, and all are relatively easy to see. In fact, much of the Falklands birdlife can be found without any difficulty. Many of the islands are predator-free and the avian life has no reason to fear a visiting birdwatcher or wildlife photographer, so long as they keep a respectful distance.
Birds are not the only reason to go on a wildlife tour to the Falkland Islands. The number of marine mammals in this part of the South Atlantic is awe-inspiring. Orcas, Commerson’s, Hourglass, and Peale’s Dolphins hunt side by side with Sei, Southern Right, Humpback, Blue, Fin, and Sperm Whales. And one of the largest pinnipeds in the world, the Elephant Seal, calls the Falkland Islands home. On the rocky shorelines and sheltered beaches, it is joined by colonies of Southern Sea Lions and South American Fur Seals.
The very specialist flora of the islands provides much of interest to keen botanists and entomologists. Despite being largely treeless, the grass and scrub lands of the Falkland Islands support some 280 flowering plants and vast numbers of exciting invertebrates that depend on them. These include the endemic Queen of the Falklands Fritillary butterfly. So rich and varied is the plant life that new species are regularly being discovered.
To make the most of a trip to the Falkland Islands you need the guidance of a specialist wildlife tour operator found on Blue Sky Wildlife. An enquiry form on the local expert’s page will put you in touch directly to organise your Falkland Islands tour.
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