My trip this year began on 5th November, when I left the UK and flew South. Dates and timings always change at the last minute, and in the end we flew to Sao Paulo, then on to Santiago, then continued South to Punta Arenas, and finally across to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. In Stanley we joined the ship, the RRS James Clark Ross. The James Clark Ross (JCR) belongs to the British Antarctic Survey and is mainly a scientific research vessel, but also transfers people and equipment (like us) to their respective research stations.
Stanley is where most of the Falkland Islanders live and is a colourful little town, stretching down to the sea and a small sheltered harbour.
It is spring in the Falklands and it is always nice to arrive here from a wintery UK to be greeted by tiny lambs, young birds and spring flowers, even if it is still very cold and blowy. Below are a few common species to be found here. This is a family of Flightless Steamer Ducks.
The Male sunbathes nearby.
A male Kelp Goose.
A Turkey Vulture.
Nesting Gentoo Penguins and sheep- a combination that I still find rather bizarre!
After a few days in the Falklands, we finally set sail for Signy, South Orkney islands, Antarctica, where I will spend the next 5 months. More about that coming soon...