Gentoos in the water on a beautiful day at Saunders Island (Greg Michaels)
As luck would have it, someone canceled their reservation on the Neck tonight and we were able to spend the night in their very comfortable portacabin with only one other visitor, a nice young girl from the UK. She warned us that the local birds of prey, called interchangeably either Caracaras or Johnny Rooks, would be waking us up early the next morning while they hopped around on the metal roof of the cabin. Luckily we slept extremely well, and woke up to the gentoo colony you could see from the windows.
The Neck is a must-do for a penguin lover. It was the only place we saw all five species of penguins that reside on the Falklands at once. We loved spending more time with them and also visiting some albatross nesting sights a short distance away.
Our day was bright and beautiful, probably the best we would have in regards to weather, though still quite cold. The bright blue of the water in the photographs almost looks tropical, but don't be fooled! Even with thermals and a winter coat, this Florida girl was freezing!
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