After 4 days at sea, we were happy to arrive at West Point Island in West Falklands. We got there at 6am and by 7am we had already started with our very first and much anticipated landing. West Point home to the Napier family who have run a sheep farming operation on the island for many years. They are environmentalists as well and have done a fantastic job in reintroducing the Tussoc Grass in the areas that are not grazed and that have bird colonies. A tradition for many years at the Napier's home is to invite all of us in for tea and cakes.
The colony we visited had breeding Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper Penguins- similar to West Point- but also had King Cormorants.
Some pairs had already laid their eggs but others were still courting. Behind the colony was a small pond, and on our way back to the ship we were greeted by a family of Upland Geese- the gander, the goose, and their eight goslings. We were fascinated by the marvellous views of seabirds we had today. For many it was the first experience of the spectacle of a seabird colony.
After we returned to the Fram, she set off for Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. All on the Fram went to bed with a smile on their face today!