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The Land

The Falkland Islands are claimed by both Britain and Argentina. They fought a war over their claims which Britain won in in 1982. Argentina still feels they belong to them, but Britain is firmly in control of these islands and the Sandwich Islands and South Georgia Islands to the south and east.

The islands are very far south. The only trees I saw were at the governor's house. Most of the land is barren of covered in moss or gorse. They are close enough to the Antarctic to experience snow year round.

Tortured Land
Range Rovers

 

Range Rovers Cross the Rough Bogs

When tourists come to the Falklands they usually stop in Stanley to walk about and then take a tour by Range Rover over the bogs to see the penguin rookery.

There you will find areas fenced off to keep people from venturing into mine field left over from the war. I was told that occasionally a sheep gets loose and can be heard flying sky high.

The mines are of plastic. It is hoped that they will find a way to clear the mine fields one day.

Emperor Penguins


Emperor Penguins

Emperor penguins are the largest of the 17 species of Penguins. They can be up to 45 inches long.

While they are flightless birds they can swim up to 50 miles. They live in groups and can survive extreme cold.

Many of us have seen them in the much loved Happy Feet movies.



Gentoos

As the Gentoo penguin waddles along on land, its tail sticks out behind, sweeping from side to side, hence the scientific name Pygoscelis, which means "rump-tailed".

Adult Gentoos reach a height of 20–36 in, making them the third largest species of penguin after the Emperor Penguin and the King Penguin.

The picture is of a rookery. The babies are grey and fuzzy. They must lose the extra feathers in order to be able to swim and feed themselves. The white you see is their lost feathers.

Gentoo Penguins
Whalebone Arch

 

Whalebone Arch

The arch is made of two sets of whale jar bones. They are in a park beside the Christ Church Cathedral. It is a great place to take a break, ask a question, and walk on. And, of course, to take a picture.

The city of Stanley (or Port Stanley) is really very small. Long and narrow it runs along the shore with a population of about 2,000. Here you will find everything from the Governor's House to the radio station, to a swimming pool, to a high school, to a golf course, to the police station and a jail with 13 cells.

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