Dinosaur of the week: Southern Rockhopper Penguin

rockhopper penguin

This Eudyptes chrysocome was breeding on West Point Island in the Falkland Islands in 2014. Seeing the colony was fantastic – a great mix of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosses.

Rockhopper taxonomy is tricky. Some scientist distinguish between three species while others see three subspecies. However, all of them are in decline.

Souther Rockhoppers are classified as vulnerable on the Red List. The main threat is the climate crisis because the penguins need cold waters and the oceans are heating up. On top of that, oil pollution and hydrocarbon is a threat (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22735250/132664584#threats).

 

Dinosaur of the week: Black-browed Albatross

black-browed albatross

Thalassarche melanophris lives circumpolar in the southern oceans. I saw these two and their colony on West Point Island in the Falklands.

The numbers of the black-browed mollymawk are decreasing, and the species is labelled Nearly Threatened. Longline fishing kills the birds as does trawl fishing, and of course plastic intake kills too.

Dinosaur of the week: Striated Caracara

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.

Port Stanley

Yep, we are still on the Falkland Islands. Before we set sail towards South Georgia, there was Port Stanley waiting to be explored.Stanley

Here is a link to the wikipedia article. It is a small town with some charming features.tree Even if the street names might seem questionable. Everything is colourful, and often rather quirky.hedge yellow house

There are remnants of wildlife around.bones

One can also spot remnants of ships.wreck

Or technology from the ancient days.telephones

Everybody seems to drive an SUV.street And down at the harbour we spotted the real wildlife – a Rock Shag and a tern (could be a Southamerican Tern).shag and tern