Steeple Jason & Saunders Island

Mar 11, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

Recently featured by National Geographic for their incredible wildlife the Falkland Islands did not disappoint today. We followed Paul Nicklen’s footsteps to the island of Steeple Jason which is home to the world’s largest breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Sitting atop the cliffs the sheer magnitude of the colony, say nothing of the individual size of its members, is hard to fathom. Further exploration revealed an island teaming with life. Sea lions roamed through the tussock grasses between the island’s beaches flanked by the ever present and opportunistic striated caracara.

This afternoon the National Geographic Explorer continued its navigation through the Falkland Islands, arriving at Saunders Island, an island rich in wildlife and steeped in history. The island has been in the Pole-Evans family since 1987, with our very own expedition leader, Russ Evans having spent a good deal of time here in the early days of the island’s agricultural history. Hikers venturing into the rocky out crops were rewarded with colonies of both rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatross. The saddle between the islands between the beaches was home to gentoo, king, and Magellanic penguins.

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Jimmy White

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Jimmy has been coordinating education and research teams for national universities, international non-government organizations, and documentary companies for more than 10 years. Jimmy’s expertise lies in the coordination and implementation of field education and remote area research.

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Bradford McArthur

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Bradford McArthur has been shooting film and photos since the 1990's (pre-digital dinosaur!) Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009. As a former professional rock/alpine climber and whitewater kayaker he has shot adventure films all over the globe for brands such as Arc'teryx, The North Face, Olympus and many others.

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