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Subantarctic Islands Geology > West Point Island, Falkland Islands by Ella Derbyshire

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Ella Derbyshire Ella Derbyshire
Explore score
0.06 Gigapixels
Date added
May 09, 2008
Date taken
Mar 08, 2008

Nikon D80's


We crossed the Wooly Gut from West Falkland, and we landed on West Point Island on a bright Sunday morning. Land Rovers took us across the island to these grassy cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Here we found a colony of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatross. I can understand the how the island got its original Spanish name, Isla Remolinos, which means Albatross Island.

The 1255 hectare island is a sheep ranch run by Lily and Roddy Napier who are descendants of folks who settled here in the 1860's.

After our encounter with the albatrosses, we returned to the east side of the island. We visited the large comfortable farmhouse where the Napiers served an excellent tea.

Lily and Roddy, thank you for your hospitality. I hope that you enjoy this panorama.

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