December 14th, Stanley, Volunteer Point

After breakfast Tony picked us up for drive of almost 3 hours to Volunteer Point, the last hour and a half at walking pace in 4×4 mode.

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December 13th, Pebble Island to Stanley

It was time to leave Pebble Island in the morning and fly to Stanley. The wind was blowing hard but that’s not a problem for the FIGAS pilots. The bonus was that it only took 30 min flight time because of the tailwind. It was a nice coincidence that we had the same pilot for the third time.

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December 12th, Pebble Island

We started our full day exploring the island by 4×4 at 9:15. The first stop was at the airport at the location an Argentinian Skyvan was destroyed when the British retook the island in the 1982 conflict. Next we visited the HMS Coventry memorial at the top of a hill. We slowly continued the drive through the fields until we came across the crash site of an Argentinian Dagger (copy of the French Mirage made by Israel), most of the pieces are scattered over a 500m radius and we could still see the imprint of the plane’s nose on impact.

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December 11th, Sea Lion Island to Pebble Island

We got up at 4 in the morning and were at the beach 10 minutes before sunrise (4:28) to see if orca’s would show up  trying to catch some baby seals. Unfortunately they only visited the other side of the island. We still stayed at the beach to see the seals and elephant seals fight and play as they are mostly active at daybreak.

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December 10th, Sea Lion Island

Breakfast at the lodge is at 8 and after that we were free to roam the island.  Yesterday evening we walked to the beach where the Gentoo penguins come to shore and along the way we passed a few elephant  seals so we went to look for them first.  We soon found a lot of them resting in the sand and were impressed with their size, they weigh about 3500 Kg. We then crossed the island where we were “greeted” by a few birds of prey. They came flying up to us and landed about a meter away. Each time we walked away they would follow us until we were far enough from their territory. On the way back to the lodge other guests told us that there were 2 King penguins at the end of the other path. A few minutes later we saw them standing on the side.

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