Falkland Islands Wildlife Photography Trip – December 2019 (14 days)

2 spaces left on this trip

The Falkland Islands located in the South Atlantic Ocean off South America are the perfect destination to experience the wonders of nature and wildlife; an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. Wildlife is free to roam and many species have chosen the Islands as their home including gentoo and Magellanic penguins, Southern sea lions, Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins and over 200 species of birds.

Join me on this exclusive trip for a maximum of 5 guests for the most wildlife encounters you will have in one amazing place. See penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, a multitude of bird life and so much more as we explore 5-6 Islands over a 2 week period. The highlights of this trip will be a visit to these islands:
 
Sea Lion Island (Elephant seals, gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey, cormorants)
Steeple Jason (Black-browed albatross, rockhopper penguins, king cormorants, striated caracaras, skuas, gentoo penguins, southern giant petrels)
Volunteer Point (King penguins, gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins)
Carcass Island (Elephant seals, gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey)
Darwin (Southern giant petrel, the Falklands flightless steamer duck, Magellanic oystercatchers, ruddy-headed geese)
Falkland islands Map
This trip is designed to maximise your time with the wildlife and experience a small group intimate experience. Join a multi-award winning photographer on the ultimate wildlife opportunities to see sub-antarctic species in one of the most inaccessible places on the planet.

Expedition Highlights

  • Boutique tour group – Maximum 5 people plus 1 host.
  • Unique up close and personal wildlife viewing including visits to penguin and seal colonies, bird watching opportunities and experiencing the natural beauty of the Islands.
  • Expert photographic advice from an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer.

 

Dates: 7 – 21 December, 2019

Duration: 14 days

Start: Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile
Finish: Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile

Included: Internal flights (Falklands), accommodation (14 days), all meals, expert award winning wildlife and nature photographer as guide/host.

Excluded: Overnight Accommodation Santiago prior to tour, Excess baggage costs on local flights

Note: Excess baggage on internal flights if you choose to bring more than the domestic luggage allowance which is 20kgs
(Excess luggage is charged at GBP1.40 per kilo per flight sector on the domestic flights.)
The International luggage allowance would be 2 pieces at 23 kgs each (46 kg total) per person when you book with the group.

Costs:

14 Day Tour Visiting Sea Lion, Carcass, Steeple Jason, Volunteer Pt & Stanley – £4,980
 
This is an exclusive private tour with 5 people maximum 
If you want to find out more contact me. 
Most of the excursions are by 4WD or the walk is less than 500 meters from where we stay, so we can comfortably get around and see all the amazing wildlife up close and personal with minimal travel.

 

Your Host

Scott Portelli is a Sydney based photographer who has traveled the world extensively photographing in some of the most remote destinations, including The Arctic, Antarctica, Falklands, Galapagos, Azores, Africa and the South Pacific.

Scott is an award winning wildlife, nature, aerial and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) he is regarded as a leading professional in his field.

In 2016 Scott was announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards as well as awarded at the at the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year and with an honorable mention at the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year. Since then he’s also been awarded at the Sienna International Photography Awards 2017 and won at the renowned Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year ANZANG 2017.

With his experience in the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions, he brings a wealth of knowledge to every expedition and ensures that each trip optimizes photographers chances to capture the best that the wildlife in the region has to offer.

Scott Elephant Seal

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Darwin

Darwin is a settlement in East Falkland, named after famed naturalist Charles Darwin. Slightly north of the battlefield of Goose Green, it is not just historically interesting (with a reconstructed stone corral as well as the trail of the 1982 war) but also a great launching off point to see some of the famous Falklands wildlife including southern giant petrel, the Falklands flightless steamer duck, Magellanic oystercatchers, skuas & several species of geese (ruddy-headed, kelp & upland). East Falkland is separated by a large isthmus, creating a diverse geographical area with beautiful sandy beaches and the Falklands’ highest peak (Mount Usborne) in the “North Camp”, and vast plains & open skies to the south.

Day 2 – Darwin

Day 3 – Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island is home to elephant seals, gentoo penguins, magellenic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey and cormorants. Beautiful tussac plantations cover one fifth of the island and provide a perfect habitat and protection for much of the island’s varied fauna. Opportunities for photography and wildlife watching are limitless and start literally steps away from the purpose-built lodge. Besides the tussac, there are sand beaches, cliffs, freshwater ponds and heathland, all with their own wildlife. Pods of killer whales may be seen between November and January circling the island in pursuit of the elephant seals and sea lions that breed there. Leopard seals and larger whales are also seen from time to time. A memorial to the HMS Sheffield, sunk in nearby waters, is also situated on the island.

You visit here includes a guided introductory tour of the island.

Day 4 – Sea Lion Island

Day 5 – Sea Lion Island

Day 6 – Carcass Island

Carcass Island is a haven for small bird species including Cobb’s wren, striated caracaras (known locally as “Johnny Rooks”), white bridled finches and short-eared owls. Elephant seals bask on the northern beaches, magellanic penguins reside close to the settlement, gentoo penguins and other marine mammals inhabit the southern end of the island. The scenery is varied with beautiful white sandy beaches, tussac paddocks, rocky hills and cliff tops.

Day 7 – Steeple Jason

The Jason islands are rarely visited and home to the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world. This group of islands form a rocky chain in the extreme north-west of the Falklands, and with no landing strip are only reachable by boat. An unforgettable experience and a haven for bird lovers, it also hosts rockhopper penguins, king cormorants, striated caracaras, skuas, gentoo penguins & southern giant petrels. The rocky peaks of Steeple Jason are a nature reserve and birding paradise.

Day 8 – Steeple Jason

Day 9 – Carcass Island

Day 10 – Carcass Island

Day 11 – Stanley

Stanley is the tiny capital of the Falklands, village-sized but with a lot to explore along the sheltered harbour. Our visit includes a tour of the city and visit to the museum to discover more about the social and maritime history of the islands, along with natural history.

Day 12 – Volunteer Point

Volunteer Point is one of the most popular and important tourist destinations in the Falklands. There is an abundance of bird activity in the area and is home to the largest king penguin colony in the Islands, as well as gentoo and magellanic penguins, waterfowl and other birds. Volunteer Beach itself is a beautiful white sandy beach, approximately 2km long, and is where many of the penguins can be seen entering and leaving the ocean.

Day 13 – Volunteer Point

Day 14 – Volunteer Point

Day 15 – Stanley

There will be a private transfer from Stanley to Mount Pleasant Airport where you will catch your international flight.