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Wildlife Watching The Falkland Islands truly are the ultimate birding experience with large, easily accessible colonies of some of the world's rarest and most enchanting birds. Best known for penguins, visitors always enjoy the antics of these birds both at sea and on shore. Majestic king, feisty rockhopper, inquisitive gentoo and shy Magellanic penguins are easy to find with the more elusive macaroni penguin blending into rockhopper colonies in just a few locations. Over 70% of the world's Black-browed albatross breed around the islands. Add to these a large number of other interesting birds including the inquisitive striated cara-cara, the endemic Cobb's wren and Falklands Flightless steamer duck - there are plenty of species for the amateur birder and the enthusiast.

Fourteen species of marine mammals have been recorded in Falkland waters. A trip out of Stanley to Berkeley Sound affords the opportunity to try to spot some of these at sea with spectacular blows often exhibited by various species of baleen whale. Peale's and Commerson's dolphins regularly accompany boats and trips can be arranged to include the viewing of penguin colonies and sooty shearwaters on the ocean surface as dusk falls. Whale watching or general boat trips can be booked with Stanley agencies; some are also available at other tourist locations.

Wildlife experiences are guaranteed and with only a few visitors in many locations, the up-close-and-personal experience is second to none. Up-to-date sightings of wildlife can usually be obtained from accommodation providers. The following locations are suggestions of some of the best wildlife watching experiences around the Islands that are easily accessible to visitors but there are many other locations where wildlife will also be observed :

Bertha's Beach


Bertha's Beach is a beautiful, white sand beach with abundant bird and marine life, just 10 minutes drive from the Mount Pleasant Complex.
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Bleaker Island



Bleaker Island is located in the south-east of the archipelago. It is home to three species of penguin, a large imperial cormorant colony, southern giant petrels, many smaller birds, a variety of waterfowl on the ponds...
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Bull Point


Bull Point is located in the extreme south-east of East Falkland. It is an isolated, photogenic location with gentoo and Magellanic penguins, waterfowl and wading birds, sea lions and many native plants.
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Cape Bougainville


Cape Bougainville is a picturesque site on the north coast of East Falkland with rockhopper penguins, sea lions and southern giant petrels...
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Cape Dolphin


Also situated on the north coast of East Falkland, Cape Dolphin boasts beautiful beaches with great wildlife including three species of penguin, storm petrels, sea lions, the occasional whale and large numbers of ducks and birds on Swan Pond.
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Carcass Island



Carcass Island is situated in the north-west of the archipelago. Cat and rat free it is a haven for small bird species including the endemic Cobb’s wren. Straited cara-caras, known locally as "Johnny Rooks" are prevalent.
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Elephant Beach Farm


Elephant Beach Farm extends from the Port San Carlos road to the rugged north coast on East Falkland. Characterised by a large lagoon, the area provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities with ...
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Gypsy Cove


Gypsy Cove is by far the easiest wildlife destination to reach from Stanley. It is a small bay with a crescent of white sand, surrounded by heathland in which Magellanic penguins make their homes.
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Kelp Point


Kelp Point is an off-road destination located on Fitzroy Farm, close to Mount Pleasant. It is one of the most diverse flora and fauna sites in the Falklands ...
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Kidney Island



Kidney Island is reached by a boat journey from Stanley and requires a local guide for those who wish to land. Most of the island is covered in dense, high tussac and is rodent-free making it a haven for small birds.
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Pebble Island


Also in the north-west, Pebble Island is named after the unusual, translucent semi-precious stones found on its beaches. There is a distinctive mountain range and is home to more than 40 species.
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Port Edgar


Port Edgar is situated in the south-east of West Falkland and perfectly located for fantastic walking opportunities along the shores and clifftops, affording excellent views across Falkland Sound.
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Port San Carlos


Port San Carlos settlement is located in the north-west of East Falkland and is the junction of two farms, Racepoint and Smylies. The dramatic Picos mountains, stunning beaches, spectacular coastlines with rockhopper penguin colonies.
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Port Stephens



Port Stephens is situated at the extreme south-west of West Falkland. The rugged headland provides a breeding ground for many rockhopper and gentoo penguins.
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Saunders Island


Situated between Carcass Island and Pebble Island, Saunders is one of the largest islands in the archipelago. Rich in wildlife and history – the island boasts four species of breeding penguin and a spectacular black-browed albatross colony...
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Sea Lion Island



Sea Lion Island is located in the south-east; at five miles long and just over a mile wide at the widest point, it is just the right size to explore easily. Beautiful tussac plantations cover one fifth of the island
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Volunteer Point



Volunteer Point is one of the most popular and important tourist destinations in the Falklands. The site is a cornucopia of bird activity, home to a the largest king penguin colony in the Islands.
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Weddell Island



Weddell Island is situated to the West of West Falkland.It is the largest offshore island and home to an impressive range of flora and fauna much of which is just walking distance from the settlement.
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West Point Island



West Point Island lies off the northwest corner of West Falkland. It is a working sheep farm but home to numerous species of plants, birds and marine mammals.
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