The Falkland Islands         all photos by Brian Patteson; no use w/o permission

The Upland Goose is the iconic Falklands Bird, the commonest of four species of "sheldgeese".

The Ruddy-headed Goose, nearly extinct in mainland South America can also be seen here in many places. 

The Kelp Goose is a marine species: a female and male are shown here.

The Crested Duck is also common in marine environments.

The Flying Steamer Duck is less numerous than the endemic Falklands Steamer Duck, which is flightless.

The Black-crowned Night-Heron here is a different subspecies than those found in North America.

The Rock Shag or Cormorant nests on cliffs and in some man-made habitats.

The Dolphin Gull is a local breeder.

A Dolphin Gull colony exists on Saunders' Island, where these were photographed.

Technically a Brown Skua, the Falkland Skua is smaller than skuas found at South Georgia.  All juvenile Brown Skuas show rusty colors not seen in the adult plumage.

Black-browed Albatrosses nest in large colonies in the windier parts of the Falklands.

Nesting alongside the Albatrosses at many places are Rockhopper Penguins.

Rockhoppers are a member of the genus Eudyptes- "crested penguins."

Gentoo Penguins, which have been called Johnny Penguins are a common species.

The Striated Caracara is called Johnny Rook, indicating its role as a penguin predator.

A juvenile and adult Striated Caracara on Carcass Island.

Striated Caracaras are fearless and inquisitive birds, and this has led to their decimation in most of their range.

Also quite tame, the ground-nesting Blackish Cinclodes is locally known as the "Tussockbird."  It is restricted to rat free islands for nesting.

The endemic Cobb's Wren is sometimes lumped with House Wren, but it is probably a separate species.

The Correndera Pipit is a bit smaller than the South Georgia Pipit.

The South American or Magellanic Snipe is common and quite tame.

Elephant Seals can be found on Sea lion Island.