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Falklands Island Photo Tour

December 8-24, 2017
Price: $9495, SS - TBA
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Mary Photgraphing-Falklands

We love the Falklands, and consider it one of the best locations in the world for bird photography. Five species of penguins, many species of song birds, water birds, and birds of prey, and all are approachable and easy to shoot.
For a great idea of what you can expect, read our 2016 Trip Report,
or our 2013 Trip Report for the Falklands.
Read an Interesting Interview with Joe

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Group size is limited to 6 photographers, with two leaders, Mary and Joe.

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The Galapagos of the South Atlantic

The Falkland Islands have been rightly compared to the iconic Galapagos, but in many ways the Falklands are an even more exciting location for photography. If you have visited the Falklands on a cruise, you have only scratched the surface. A LAND-BASED trip offers so much more, and we believe the shooting is far more productive and rewarding than a trip to South Georgia or Antarctica. Granted, the Falklands does not have the grand scenery of those two locations, but it has a great diversity of wildlife. And, unlike a cruise, being land-based, and flying from one island to another, our trip's success is not dependent upon the weather. On a ship, if there are storms or high winds, you may not be able to land for any destination, but on a land-based trip, if the weather is poor and the planes don't fly, you stay on the island you're on, and you can keep photographing! That, to us, is the best thing about the Falklands.

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Comparing the Falklands to the Galapagos, again, the Falklands offer a tremendous advantage. In the Galapagos you are accompanied by a guide and your island visits are restricted to the beaches and to designated trails, and sometimes on a schedule for a trail walk. In the Falklands, we're free to wander wherever we wish, and our access is limited only to common sense and our concern to not disturb the wildlife. Wide-angle photography is common, and the largest lens we carry is a 100-400mm zoom!

cWe've been travelling to the Falklands for nearly thirty years, and we know, and our friends with, many of the island owners, the drivers, and the various staffs. To us, the Falklands are like home, and we hope you'll join us on this incredible trip.

Our Itinerary

Dec. 8. Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. Overnight.
Dec. 9. Early afternoon flight to Stanley, FI. Overnight, Malvina Hotel.
Dec.10. All day excursion to Volunteer Point for King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, and other birds. Overnight, Malvina Hotel.
Dec. 11. All day excursion for Rockhopper and Macaroni Penguins, Shags, and Southern Sea Lions. Overnight, Malvina Hotel.
Dec. 12. AM Flight to Carcass Island. Bird photography in bay and settlement for Geese, Songbirds, Striated Caracaras, Oystercatchers, and more.
PM. King and Rock Cormorant Colony. Overnight, Carcass Is. settlement.
Dec. 13-14. Weather permitting, on one of these two days we'll do an all-day trip to West Point Island for a spectacular shoot of Black-browed Albatross and Rock Hopper Penguins. This is one of the most scenic and accessible of all the Falkland Island Albatross colonies. On the 45 minute boat ride we'll have a chance for Commerson's Dolphins bow-riding, and other seabirds.
aOn the other day we'll spend around the settlement, photographing the wealth of birds found in the gardens, grassy meadows, tidal pools, and the shallow bay. Kelp, Upland, and Ruddy-headed Geese, Pied and Black Oystercatchers, Black-crowned Night Herons, South American Terns, Common Snipe, Striated Caracaras, Kelp and Dolphin Gulls, Patagonian Crested and Flightless Steamer Ducks, Cobb's Wrens, Marsh Wren, Falkland Thrush, Turkey Vultures, and more! Overnight, Carcass Is. settlement.

Dec. 15.AM Flight to Saunders Island. Transfer to the Neck for two days of incredible photography. Here there are multiple colonies of Gentoo Penguins, a small colony of King Penguins, numerous Magellanic Penguins, and one of the most exciting locations for photographing the avian soccer ball - the Rockhopper Penguin, that surfs in and climbs the steep rocks to reach their nesting colonies. Great Black-browed Albatross and King Cormorant Colonies, and Striated Caracaras patrolling the colonies seeking unattended penguin chicks. Incredible shooting! Overnight, the Neck Portacabin.
Dec. 16. The Neck. More great shooting! Overnight, the Neck Portacabin.
Dec. 17. Transfer back to the Settlement. Depending upon our arrival time we may do a late afternoon shoot to the Rookery for Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatross. Overnight, the Settlement.
Dec. 18. All day shoot at the Rookery. Overnight, the Settlement.
Dec. 19. AM Flight to Sea Lion Island. We'll have two and a half days on Sea Lion, the ultimate Falkland destination. Here we'll have numerous Magellanic Penguin colonies, Gentoo Penguins, Rockhopper Penguins, King Cormorants, Elephant Seals, sometimes Orcas!, Skuas, Giant Petrels, Dolphin and Kelp Gulls, ... virtually all the species also found on Carcass in a completely different setting. Overnight, Sea Lion Hotel.
Dec. 20-21. Two complete days of shooting!
Dec. 22. AM Flight to Stanley. PM. Free afternoon for shopping, bird photography along the waterfront, or editing! Overnight, Malvina Hotel, Stanley.
Dec. 23. Late morning transfer to the airport. Mid-afternoon flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Overnight, Punta Arenas.
Dec. 24. Departure for home.

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About Your Leaders
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My wife Mary Ann and I strive to provide the most comfortable and
thorough safari you will experience. Both Mary and I are professional photographers, and I'd hope you've seen our credits. These included
National Geographic, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Natural History,
Living Bird, Birder's World, and most nature/wildlife calendars.

As a husband/wife team, Mary Ann and I have won more times in the
prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition than any
one. To date we have had 15 firsts, seconds, or thirds -- and we have
not entered every year. Our trips are not about us, however, they are all
for you, but credentials seem to matter, and we have them.

Mary has written twenty-nine (29) children's books, including Leopards, Grizzly Bears, Woodpeckers,
Flying Squirrels, Sunflowers, Cobras, Jupiter, Boas, Garter Snakes, Pythons, Rattlesnakes, Ducks, Chickens, Horses, and Cows, and a coffee table book, Out of the Past, Amish Tradition and Faith.

I've written several how-to wildlife photography books -- A Practical Guide to Photographing American Wildlife,
The Wildlife Photographer's Field Manual, The Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography, Designing Wildlife
Photographs, Photographing on Safari, A Field Guide to Photographing in East Africa, and the New Complete
Guide to Wildlife Photography, African Wildlife, Creatures of the Night, The World's Deadliest, and several
ebooks. We have produced an instructional video, A Video Guide to Photographing on Safari with
Joe and Mary Ann McDonald.

We are both editors for Nature Photographer magazine.

In addition to leading our trips to Tanzania, Mary and I personally lead photo safaris to Kenya,
Brazil's Pantanal, Chile, Galapagos, Svalbard, India, Alaska, Rwanda, Yellowstone, Ecuador, Costa Rica,
the Falklands, Antarctica, South Texas, Arizona, and some other spots, too!