Approaching the Falkland Islands

Nov 06, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning was beautiful! It was mostly sunny with a fresh breeze in our faces as we approached the Falkland Islands. The birds were particularly busy, perhaps even happy. By the end of breakfast, there was already an impressive bird list: wandering albatross, grey-headed albatross, black-browed albatross, giant petrel, Kerguelen petrel, blue petrel, Atlantic petrel, white-chinned petrel, white-headed petrel (this one made the bird folks very happy), black-bellied storm petrel, Antarctic prion, slender-billed prion, southern fulmar, sooty shearwater, brown skua, and rockhopper penguin. The list continued to grow through the day.

While it could have been a good day to laze about, there was much to be done. We listened to presentations subjects from the Falkland Islands conflict, a joint lecture of differing perspectives, to a presentation called Bird Identification Bingo, by the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. And let’s not forget about the ocean of images that we took… Today was the deadline for submitting images for the Guest Slideshow. The wise among us might have also started a bit of packing, as tomorrow is a full day too.

After dinner, we previewed of the Voyage Video Chronicle—starring all of us. And last but not least, we heard a presentation about the underbelly of the ship and all the places we wouldn’t normally go and things we wouldn’t normally know.

It was dark when we arrived at the Falkland Islands. At anchor, we awaited our last full day aboard ship and the adventures of tomorrow!

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About the Author

Dennis Cornejo

Naturalist

Dennis has spent more than half of his life working with Lindblad Expeditions. He first studied biology in the Sonoran Desert. It was his work with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that brought him into contact with Sven Lindblad. Dennis was working with sea turtles in Mexico, desert tadpoles in southern Arizona and evaluating various legume trees for arid lands agriculture throughout the Sonoran Desert. Sven asked him if he would be interested in working on a ship as a naturalist in Baja California… a simple ‘yes’ turned out to be perhaps the most important decision he ever made!

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