Falkland Islands Wildlife Photography Trip – November 2018 (14 days) LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE
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.
- 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: 3 November to 17 November, 2018
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
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.
Day 1 – Sea Lion Island
Upon arriving in the Falklands, you’ll be received by International Tours & Travel, then transfer by domestic flight to Sea Lion Island (~35 minutes) where you will enjoy a guided introductory tour.
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.
Day 2 – Sea Lion Island
Day 3 – Sea Lion Island
Day 4 – Weddell Island
Weddell Island is populated by just two humans, leaving room for a huge amount of wildlife and a peaceful wonderland to explore. You can spot sea lions nestled in the tussac grass, alongside Gentoo and Magellanic penguins and cormorants. You may even encounter a unique island resident, the Patagonian grey fox – while not a native they still provide a beautiful subject for photos. The island features open rolling hills, sandy beaches and rocky coves which you can explore while searching for the albatross, petrel, caracaras and hawks that fly overhead, or the unique endemic plants at your feet like Lady’s Slipper. Get a view over it all after an invigorating hike to the top of Weddell mountain (1256 feet high). Or take a walk along the sandy beach at Mark Point, close to the settlement and home to a Gentoo colony and whale skeletons onshore, and playful dolphins offshore.
Day 5 – Weddel Island
Day 6 – Weddel Island
Day 7 – Pebble Island
Pebble Island is not just home to a huge and unique array of birdlife, but also a chance to see the panda-like Commerson’s dolphins and the rare Falkland fritillary butterfly (the only breeding butterfly of the Falklands). Birdlife includes four penguin species (rockhopper, gentoo, magellanic and macaroni), southern giant petrels and many waterfowl and wading birds like the red shoveler, cinnamon teal, black-crowned night-herons and imperial cormorants. The heathland, low cliffs and numerous ponds are also home to one of the largest populations of black-necked swans. Unusual translucent pebbles found on some of the beaches give the island its name.
Your time here includes 2 full days of guided tours to make sure you get the most out of the visit
Day 8 – Pebble Island
Day 9 – Pebble Island
Day 10 –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 11 – Volunteer Point
Day 12 – Volunteer Point
Day 13 – Stanley Island – Cape Dolphin
The Cape Dolphin peninsula is a National Nature Reserve, featuring beautiful scenery inhabited by an array of wildlife. It is home to southern sealions, as well as a breeding site for gentoo and magellanic penguins. An amazing variety of waterfowl and wading birds occupy Swan Pond, such as Chiloe Widgeon, speckled and silver grebes, black-necked swans, and white-crested grebes.
Day 14 – Stanley Island
There will be a private transfer from Stanley to Mount Pleasant Airport where you will catch your international flight