The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean on a projection of the Patagonian continental shelf about 250 nautical miles east from the Patagonian coastline. There are two main islands, East and west Falkland, separated by the Falkland Sound, which averages twelve miles in width. In 1690 Captain John Strong of the ‘Welfare’ en route for Puerto Deseado in Argentina, was blown off course and reached the Falkland Islands instead. Sailing between the two main islands, he named the passage the Falkland Channel, after Anthony Cary, 5th viscount of Falkland. He was Commissioner of the Admiralty and had financed the voyage. The island group takes the English name from this body of water. East Falkland, which holds the capital, Stanley, and the British military base at Mount Pleasant, is the more populous of the two main islands. Major economic activities include fishing, tourism, sheep farming and lately some successful oil exploration. The Falklands have hundreds of smaller islands, only a few of which are inhabited. These islands play host to the Falklands magnificent wildlife.
‘Wildlife and Wildness’ explores various locations on some of the outer islands to gain sightings of the Falklands extraordinary wildlife. Pebble Island is home to about 6500 pairs of rockhopper penguins. On Saunders Island, the visitor gets to observe four varieties of penguin and colonies of albatrosses. Gentoo penguins breed on Carcass Island and even further out to the west lies the breathtaking island of Steeple Jason. This island has the world’s largest population of black-browed albatrosses. The Falkland Island Government Air Service, FIGAS, offers a reliable inter-island service. One of the routings will allow the visitor to visit Sea Lion Island, the most important spot in the Falklands for southern elephant seals. After a brief visit to the capital, Stanley, the documentary concludes with a drive out to Volunteer Point to see the largest breeding group of King Penguins in the Falkland Islands.
John Myers Photographic invites you to explore and encounter some of the world’s wonderful wildlife. Even the weather can surprise the visitor. Filming for this documentary, we were often blessed with bright sunny and warm days offering clear vistas. This all enhanced the magic of the islands.
Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
Tags: The Falkland Islands, Antarctica