Falklands Quest Tour
Falkland Islands Tour
We took packed lunches and ate them while viewing a Rockhopper Penguin rookery. Nearby was a large nesting area of Giant Petrels, or 'Stinkers' as they are called in the Falklands. Later we visited a Gentoo Penguin rookery.
Pebble Island is named for the marble size stones, or pebbles found on some of the beaches. They are an agate like stone that can be tumbled to a very glossy finish.
We also were shown some of the native fauna, including the beautifully named and delicate flowers 'Lady Slippers' and 'Pale Maidens'. There are many different plants, but due to the constant winds they are mostly very short stemmed. The two fern species are aptly named 'Small Ferns' and 'Tall Ferns'. There are large areas called 'Diddle Dee' deserts covered with a low, densely packed plant related to the crowberry family. Sheep will not eat it making those areas useless for grazing purposes.
Like most of the islands there are only about half a dozen people living on Pebble Island.
Very welcome tea and treats were waiting for us when we returned late in the afternoon.