I saw this amazingly well camouflaged bird near Cape Pembroke on East Falkland.
Recent news about Pygoscelis adeliae hasn’t been very good (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/12/penguin-catastrophe-leads-to-demands-for-protection-in-east-antarctica). It’s down to us human animals to protect what we haven’t destroyed and killed off yet.
In the Falkland Islands, there are about 10000 breeding pairs of Lophonetta specularioides specularioides. I rather like ducks, and this species has really striking eyes.
Phalcoboenus australis is classified as nearly threatened. I met this individual on Carcass Island which is part of the Falkland Islands.
In the background, you can see that even on the fairly remote Falklands there’s plenty of (plastic) rubbish on the beach.
The taxonomy of Phalacrocorax atriceps is apparently very complicated. Much easier to say is that this one was quite happily settled between Adelié and Gentoo penguins, and getting on with breeding on Petermann Island in Antarctica.
It’s a slightly odd picture of a Zonotrichia capensis, but unfortunately I didn’t have much time. When we were in Tierra del Fuego, we only spent a few minutes at a lovely lake bordering Argentina and Chile in the National Park near Ushuaia. So I’m very glad I saw at least the sparrow’s back.