Whale Point

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Located on Fitzroy Farm, Whale Point is reached by a combination of road and off-road travel. The white sand beach is home to a range of wildlife including breeding Gentoo and Magellanic penguins.

The coastal areas and lagoon margins are particularly important for large congregations of migratory birds and most of the breeding waterfowl species. These include non-breeding summer visitors from the Canadian Arctic: White-rumped Sandpiper, Sanderling and Hudsonian Godwit.

Whale Point contains excellent wetland areas for a wide range of breeding water birds, in greater variety and numbers than many other similar areas in the Falklands. The resident Black-necked Swan , the Falklands largest freshwater breeding bird can occasionally be found here. These are shy birds and will fly or swim to the centre of a pond when approached.

Waterfowl recorded here include both the endemic Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck (known locally as the logger duck), and its close relative and less common Flying Steamer Duck (locally named as the canvasback). Other waterfowl to be seen on the ponds include Chiloë Wigeon, Silver Teal, Yellow-billed Teal and Silvery Grebe.

Whale Point provides a secluded home for the seasonal Elephant Seals. These docile giants can be seen sleeping on the beach and greens, or in the large wallows that they make in the soft ground. Unlike the Sea Lions it is possible to safely get close to these animals who barely even glance in your direction, usually unwilling to be disturbed from their slumber.

The Elephant Seal Research Group, is an independent organisation of researchers dedicated to the study of elephant seals, marine mammals, and marine megafauna at large. They started studying elephant seals in the Falkland Islands in 1995. There main study area is Sea Lion Island.

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