carcass island, falkland islands
Sunday 2nd November, we made a landing at Carcass Island which lies to the northwest of the Falkland Islands archipelago. Despite a strong wind the sun was shining, with a clear blue sky providing a perfect backdrop for this remote wildlife haven.
The island has a long history of conservation after being established as a sheep farm in 1872, when the owners at the time planted large areas of tussac grass. This mature plantation today, along with the absence of cats, rats and mice on the island means that it is home to a vast number of birds, in particular small birds such as Cobb's wren which can only survive on rat-free islands.
Of course, for most of us landing on the island our primary interest was the penguins; the island is home to large breeding colonies of Magellanics as well as Gentoo.