Falkland Island Wildlife Photography Trip DEC 2021

Falkland Islands Wildlife Photography Trip – December 2021 (14 days)

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 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 Islands over a 2 week period. The highlights of this trip will be a visit to these islands:
 
Stanley (kidney Island) (Sooty Sheerwaters at sunset, Rockhopper Penguins)
Saunders Island – The Neck & Rookery (Rock hoppers, nesting albatross, birds of prey, Gentoo Penguins)
Carcass Island (Elephant seals, Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey)
West Point Island (black-browed albatross, Rockhopper penguins, macaroni penguins, turkey vultures,Magellanic penguins)
Sea Lion Island (Elephant seals, Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey, cormorants)
Volunteer Point (King penguins, Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins)
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 wildlife photographer Scott Portelli 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 wildlife & nature photographer Scott Portelli.

 

Dates: 4th – 18th December 2021

Duration: 14 days

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

Included: Internal flights (within the Falklands), accommodation – shared (14 days), all meals, expert wildlife and nature photographer Scott Portelli as your guide/host.

Excluded: International flights to Mt Pleasant (Falklands), 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.)
International Flights:
International Flights to the Falklands depart only on a Saturday with LATAM Chile. there will be a new flight starting soon from Sao Paulo Brazil to the Falklands Mid week but no schedules are confirmed at this stage.
The International luggage allowance would be 2 pieces at 23 kgs each (46 kg total) per person when you book with the group through our agent.
Internet:
Is very limited and intermittent, you can purchase a wifi card for £10 which will last approximately 45 mins – 1 hour. but the internet speed is very slow.
ATM’s/Cash Machines:
There are no ATM’s or Cash Machines on the islands, and there is very little you can purchase, so a minimal amount of cash will suffice for your trip. drinks and some souvenirs can be purchased in the various places we visit.

Costs:

14 Day Tour Visiting Saunders Island, Bleaker Island, Sea Lion Island, Carcas Island, Volunteer Pt & Stanley – £5,380 (all inclusive) Deposit of £500 (Non refundable) required upon booking. 
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.

He was awarded at the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the year in London in 2016 and announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards 2016 and winner at Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 & 2018. His conservation documentary also took out 2 awards at the prestigious French Underwater Film Festival in Marseille in 2015. More recently he was awarded winner in the Animal Behaviour Category at the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year ANZANG 2017 and Winner in the Underwater Category of the Asferico International Nature Photography awards 2018. 

With his extensive 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 (Sample)

Day 1 – Stanley

Stanley is the tiny capital of the Falklands, village-sized but with a lot to explore along the sheltered harbour. You can do 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 2 – Stanley

We head for Kidney Island to see the Sooty Sheerwaters as they fly back to the colonies at sunset.

Day 3 – Saunders Island

Saunders Islands was the site of the first British settlement in the Falkland archipelago. The island is now one large farm of about 30,000 acres and is well known for its sizeable colony of Black browed albatross in addition to being home to elephant seals, king penguin and rock hoppers. The North of the Island is made up of two large peaks and it is the thin strip of land between these peaks known as ‘the Neck’ which is home to large colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins. There are at least 50 bird species recorded here, resulting in Saunders being designated by Birdlife International as an ‘Important Bird Area’.

Your trip will involve trips to both the Neck, and to Rookery Mountain – with incredible wind-carved boulders and stunning views.

Day 4– Saunders Island

Day 5– Saunders Island

Day 6– Saunders Island

Day 7 – 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, tussock paddocks, rocky hills and cliff tops.

Your visit also includes a full day excursion by boat to West Point Island, home to spectacular scenery and incredible wildlife. Originally named ‘Albatross Island’ for the thousands of nesting black-browed albatross, there are also rockhopper penguins and occasional macaroni penguins among the tussock grass and rocky ledges. The sheltered harbour is home to nesting Magellanic penguins and friendly dolphins. There are also whales, fur seals and sea lions visible in the surrounding waters.

Day 8 – Carcass Island

Day 9 – Sea Lion Island

Sea Lion Island is home to elephant seals, Gentoo penguins, Magellanic penguins, rock hoppers, sea lions, birds of prey and cormorants. Beautiful tussock 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 tussock, 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 10 – Sea Lion Island

Day 11 – 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. we will camp here for 3 nights and be guests of the warden during our stay.

Day 12 – Volunteer Point

Day 13 – Volunteer Point

Day 14 – Stanley

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

Wildlife Calendar

The following dates are approximates and could vary +/- 3 weeks