Falklands, a very British place
After leaving New Island, our ship continued to Carcass Island. On our way we passed this island with farm house and
yellow flowers, typical of the Falklands. Those who do not live in Stanley are said to live in the Camp.
At Carcass Island, we landed on a beautiful beach and hiked two
miles along the beach to the farm house on the island. On our
way, we encountered our first Magellanic Penguins. These
penguins are the only penguins to build burrows in the ground for
Above an Oyster Catcher.
Right. We arrive at the farm house for English Tea.
On our second day, we arrived at Stanley, a town that is
more British than any city in Britain. The traditional
telephone booth was all over town. There were lots of
memorials to the 1982 war with Argentina. The hostility
to Argentina is so substantial that the Argentina cook on
the boat was not permitted to go ashore in the Falklands.
Argentina did not give us an exit visa since Argentina
considers the Falklands part of Argentina. However, our
passports were stamped with arrival and exit visas in
We did visit the museum in Stanley. But since our first interest was wildlife, we skipped the shops and took a taxi to a
nearby cove where we watched Magellanic Penguins swim up onto the beach and walk to their burrows. Below right is one
of the penguins on its nest inside its burrow. We also saw more Cormorants and a magnificent pair of Black-Crown
Night-Heron (far left below) and turkey vultures.