We were there today, paradise that is. And the name of the place is Carcass Island, West Falklands. Not the sort of name that would conjure up thoughts of paradise but believe us, it was just that. First the name of the island: it was named after a surveying ship, the HMS Carcass. HMS Jason, which accompanied Carcass gave its name to the famous Jason Islands in the extreme northwest of West Falkland.
The island is covered in geese- Kelp, Upland and Ruddy-headed, and is crawling with Tussock Birds, otherwise known as Blackish Cinclodes and Long-tailed Meadowlarks. Also very common were the Johnny Rooks, AKA Striated Caracara. Look up and we saw Turkey Vultures flying overhead or perched lower down on fences and even sand dunes, look down and several beautiful wildflowers peered up at us.
All of us had the privilege of meeting McGills who own Carcass Island. Mrs. McGill and her staff put on a fantastic Falklands Tea for us in their house with all sorts of cakes and biscuits, tea and coffee. A favourite was the scones, jam and cream!
And through all this we had great weather except for a tiny bit of spitting rain in the morning. Well, what a day in paradise!