Falkland Islands Photo Workshop
2024, dates to be announced
This workshop has been designed to maximize our photography opportunities to shoot as many species as possible that the Falklands has to offer. We will be photographing on five different islands on these workshops! The trip will allow for opportunities to photograph newborn penguins as well as possibly Orcas hunting close to shore for Sea Lion pups. The trip will also be spectacular for chick and parent interaction at the penguin and albatross colonies that we will be visiting. At many destinations around the Islands, visitors will find themselves alone in a rookery, on the hillside or by a waters-edge, able to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells as a very personal encounter. The birds here not bothered by human presence and will often come right up to you out of curiosity! Check out this impressive list of species we will encounter:Penguins: King, Gentoo, Magellanic, Rockhopper Seabirds: Black-browed Albatross,Falkland Skua, Imperial Cormorant,Kelp Gull, Rock Cormorant, Sooty Shearwater, South American Tern, Southern Giant Petrel. Waterbirds: Falklands steamer Duck (endemic), Black-necked Swan, Chiloe Wigeon, Cinammon Teal, Crested Duck, Ruddy-headed Goose, Kelp Goose, Silver Teal, Silvery Grebe, White-tufted Grebe Upland Goose and Yellow-billed Pintail. Shorebirds: Blackish Oystercatcher, Magellanic Oystercatcher, Magellanic Snipe, Rufous-chested Dotterel, Snowy Sheathbill, Two-banded Plover and white-rumped Sandpiper. Land Birds: Cobb's Wren (endemic), Falkland Pipit, Peregrine Falcon, Short-eared Owl, Southern Caracara, Striated Caracara,Tussac Bird, Variable Hawk and the Long-tailed Meadowlark.
2021 SAMPLE ITINERARY: (subject to change).
Fly from Santiago to (MNP) Mount Pleasant Falkland Islands
Jan. 02- Arrival Falkland Islands. Overnight Stanley - Malvina Guest House (N1)
Travel to Volunteer Point (N2) Overnight
Fly from Stanley to Sea Lion Island
Overnight Sea Lion Lodge (for 3 nights N3, N4,N5, )
Fly from Sea Lion Island to The Settlement (N6) Overnight
Fly from The Settlement to The Neck- Saunders Island ( 2 nights, N7, N8)
Fly to Weddle Island ( 2 nights) N9, N10
Fly to Bleaker Island ( 1 night) N11
Fly to Pebble Island ( 2 nights) N12, N13
Jan. 15 Fly back to Malvina's Guest House ( 1 night) N14
Sat. Jan. 16- Return from Stanley MNP back to Santiago. Chile
Note: The order in which we visit the outer islands can change from year to year.
Medical services The Falklands have an excellent health system,with a 28-bed hospital located in Stanley providing access to doctors, surgeons, radiologists, dentists,pharmacists. Tourists are required to pay for all medical services received while in the Islands.Land-based visitors All international land-based visitors to the Falkland Islands must:
Possess a current passport, valid for the length of intended stay.
Possess a return ticket (air or boat), and evidence of accommodation and sufficient personal funds.•
Possess proof of valid travel insurance, inclusive of evacuation by plane.
Pay for any medical services received whilst in the Falklands.
Pay a £22 departure tax at the time of departure from Mount Pleasant International Airport, payable only in cash in £FK, £GB, euros or $US.
There are currently no vaccination requirements to enter the Falkland Islands.Communications (web & phone)There are several Internet cafes located around Stanley. The local telecommunications provider (Cable & Wireless) offer international mobile/cellphone roaming services for a selection of UK phone companies, as well as SIM cards for short-term use. Public phone boxes, to be used with pre-paid cards, are also scattered around Stanley. Unfortunately international calling cards cannot be used in the Falklands.Currency The local currency is the Falkland Islands pound (£FK), which has the same value as the British pound (also acceptable as legal tender throughout the Falklands). Many shops, hotels and restaurants in Stanley will also accept US dollars and euros in cash. Confrm your payment method before purchase.Electricity The electrical current in the Falklands is 220/240 volts, 50Hz. Standard British appliance plugs will work in the Falklands, but if you’re visiting from another country be sure to bring the relevant adaptor for your appliances. International adaptors can be purchased locally at selected retail outlets.Clothing requirements: Average daytime temperature is 45 - 55 degrees farenheit. Dress in layers. Long sleeve shirts, sweaters and long pants. Windbreaking outer wear is essential. It is very windy most days in the Falklands. Waterproof hiking and/or knee nboots are the norm for footewear.Equipment requirements: Super long prime lenses will not be essential for this trip. Most, if not all, of the photographic situations can be covered with lenses in the 17mm to 400mm range. Bring a wide angle, a 300 or 400 and a t.c. and that should do it. Tripod, knapsack and lots of memory!Do not book flights until we confirm. Please read our Refund Policy.
"I had the pleasure of being on a David Hemmings workshop to the Falkland Islands in 2012. David was a wonderful leader and a great instructor. He has a lot of patience when teaching and I loved his whacky sense of humour! D. Morrison
"This is a must workshop for every wildlife lover. David was an awesome leader and the trip was a huge success!"
" My husband and I attended Davids Falkland Islands tour and we were extremely happy with every aspect of the trip. We highly recommend this workshop to any nature lover!"
The FALKLAND ISLANDS are a wildlife photographer's dream come true. The Islands are one of the last untouched wildlife wonders of the World. Unspoiled beaches, rolling tussac fields and cliffs provide a natural safe-haven for hundreds of species that have made the Falklands their home. Watch albatross soar gracefully through the air against a backdrop of beautiful blue sea and sky, elephant seals sparring on the beach, the tiny Cobb's wren hopping along the shoreline, killer whales circling offshore in pursuit of a meal or sit patiently alongside king penguins and wait for the fluffy chicks to come and take a look at you! The possibilities for enjoying the wildlife experience are endless, as are the photographic opportunities. There is limited space on flights to the Falkland Islands be sure to book your space to this amazing Falkland Islands Photography Workshop today!
5 SPECIES OF PENGUINS! SPECIES INCLUDE: KING, GENTOO, MAGELLANIC,
MACARONI AND ROCKHOPPER, KING CORMORANTS, BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS COLONY, SEA LIONS WITH PUPS, ELEPHANT SEALS , ORCAS AND MORE. ENDEMIC SPECIES INCLUDE COBB'S WREN AND THE FLIGHTLESS STEAMER DUCK!
Flight to destination Santiago, Chile and - Santiago to Stanley MNP not included.
Note: You will need to arrive in Santiago, Chile at least one day before the workshop starts. Book a flight to MNP Falklands leaving on the Saturday with LAN Airlines to MNP Mount Pleasant Falkland Islands (Approx. $1200 USD)
Flight destination: Santiago, Chile code: SCL / LAN Airlines to Port Stanley PSY
Group size: 6. Workshop leader: David Hemmings
Price: $8695.00 USD Deposit $2000 / Deposit:$2560 CDN @1.28
No single supplement is available . Price subject to change based on lodge $ increase.
Included in price: 12 full days of photography and instruction. All meals and accommodations starting on Falkland Islands. Please note shared accommodations may be required due to the limited space available on the remote islands. Inter-island flights and ground transportation. Guides. NPA gift bag. Lots of fun!
Not included in price: International airfare to Port Stanley MNP. Alcoholic beverages. Travel insurance, we highly recommend trip insurance. Tips and all items of a personal nature. Note credit cards are not accepted on the islands. Cash only. A complete itinerary of all accommodations and islands visited is available. Extra baggage costs with flights not included.
Dec.30th 2021 ITINERARY
Arrive Santiago, Chile December 30th or prior. Holiday Inn Airport
Leave Santiago for Mount Pleasant, Stanley December 31st. Overnight
January 1st trip to Volunteer Point for King Penguin colony
January 2nd /3rd Pebble Island
Jan 4th/5th/6th Sea Lion Island
Jan 7th/8th/9th Bleaker Island
January 10th/11th/12th Saunders Island
January 13th overnight Stanley
January 14th flight to Santiago
Overnight in Santiago
January 15th flights home.