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Our Falkland Islands Photographic Team

We brought plenty of camera equipment, and needed all the help we could get to lug it through airports, on to airplanes, and out in the field. It took 4 people to accomplish this. Here they are in action. At the end of this page there is a list of the equipment we used.

Our Enthusiastic (and giggly) Film Crew in Action

To be able to fit all of this equipment, along with our clothes, in the back of Georgina’s land rover, we had to get a little cozy

Georgina in her element, with a big smile on her face because she is using Dr. P’s 400mm DO lens

Molly using the C-100 Mark II with 16-35 mm to video the elephant seals

Liana using the 1 DX with the 400mm DO to photograph the elephant seals

Molly recording the Gentoo penguins at the beach at Seal Lion Island with the C-100 Mark II

Liana was our plant expert, so we oftentimes found her in this position with one of the wide angle lenses

Liana just enjoying the view and not taking any photos as we walked around Sea Lion Island

Georgina, doing one of the many interviews Dr. P made her do, with the C-100 Mark II and 24-105mm lens at the Gentoo rookery at Sea Lion Island

Liana, Dr. P, and Dr. K, working hard at the beach at Sea Lion Island, while Molly supervises

Dr. P setting up the shot of the cormorants at the cliffs at Sea Lion Island

Dr. P using the 1Dx Mark II with 400mm DO while Dr. K tells him how to use all of this equipment

Dr. P using the 1Dx Mark II and 400mm DO to do slow motion video of the elephant seals at Sea Lion Island

Molly, Georgina, and Liana taking a break from a long hike around Sea Lion Island lugging camera equipment

Dr. P using the 1 Dx Mark II with 400mm DO to photograph the southern elephant seals

The two photo directors taking a break from the action

Dr. P making a video of the King penguin

Dr. P recording the elephant seals with the 1Dx Mark II at Sea Lion Island

Dr. P recording the Rockhoppers at New Island with the 1 Dx Mark II and 400mm DO

Dr. P photographing the elephant seals at Sea Lion island with the 1Dx Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8

Equipment

Canon 1DX Mark II

For much of the still photography of wildlife along with the slow motion video

Canon 1DX

For most of the remainder of the still photography of wildlife

Canon C-100 Mark II video camera

For all of the interviews with Georgina along with wildlife video in 4K and slow motion

Canon 400mm DO IS II lens

It was used for a high percentage of wildlife photos, with and without teleconverters

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II lens

It was also used for the remainder of the wildlife photos, with and without teleconverters

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 IS II lens

For wide angle boat, people, and scenery shots

Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS II lens

For wide angle boat, people, Georgina interview and scenery shots

Canon 1.4X ver III teleconverter

Canon 2X ver III teleconverter

Two Apple iPhone 7’s

For various people and scenery shots

Two Apple MacBook Pro computers

Two 4 TB Thunderbolt 2 external hard drives

Two Manfrotto tripods

1 Sennheiser external microphone

Miscellaneous equipment to utilize the above equipment like cables, flash, batteries

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The Charles Barnhard Museum at New Island

There is a quaint museum on New Island restored by Ian Strange, with the help of his daughter Georgina and other local people. It is a short walk from the settlement in New Island, and explains some of the history of the area in regards to whaling and conservation. It is well worth a visit next time you just happen to pass New Island while doing your daily errands!

It is easy to find because a shipwreck is in the water near the museum. Notice the small cruise boat in the distance? Tourists from this boat coming to the island for a short visit are the main source of income. They are not allowed to stay on the island.

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There is a plaque outside dedicating the museum to a sailor 

The museum is named after a captain and three other sailors that were marooned on New Island in 1812 by a mutiny from some castaways they rescued. Captain Barnhard was rescued in 1814, and his adventure is chronicled in A Narrative of the Sufferings and Adventures of Capt. Charles Barnhard. 

Whaling occurred in New Island from 1908 to 1916 until it was moved to a different location

The museum contains many artifacts on whaling collected by Ian Strange. Some of them were found at New Island, others throughout the Falkland Islands.

A canon used to shoot a harpoon at the whale

The skull of a Leopard Seal shot in the head

Various other artifacts are in the museum that give you a feel of how people lived and worked in the Falkland Islands during this era.




Ian Strange was way ahead of his time in setting up New Island as a conservation area. He purchased a large amount of land, had the sheep removed, and in 1996 gave this land to the New Island Conservation Trust so they could manage it as a conservation area. It has been a huge success and has transformed the ecosystem in favor of the wildlife. There has been ongoing research on the birds and marine mammals ever since. There are posters throughout the museum that go over this in more detail.





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Long Beach Post Articles

Dr. P writes a weekly article for the Long Beach Post on health issues in our pets. The column is called “The Vet is in”.

Here is the link to learn more: https://lbpost.com/tag/the-vet-is-in/

 

 

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Welcome!

Welcome to our new ‘Current News’ page. With this page we will continue to provide current information, facts and educational videos on the animals that we care for, the wildlife we take care of for free, and the photographic and conservation trips Dr. P takes around the world. We hope to see you back often!

If you have never seen a penguin up close and personal, here is your chance. This video was taken by Dr. P in the Falkland Islands. It is a curious Magellanic penguin.

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Southern Sea Lions of the Falkland Islands

The Southern Sea Lions in the Falklands are huge. When you look at the adult males you can see what looks like a mane on their huge heads, which is why they are called lions.

Jerome Poncet from Golden Fleece Expeditions, our sailboat captain, made a stop at Stinker Island where these sea lions congregate, before taking us to New Island. We had a chance to go on land in a zodiac and approach them from a close distance.

We approached Stinker Island from Jerome’s 65 foot sailboat

As we neared the island the welcoming committee came out to greet us with open flippers

Jerome launched the zodiac and we jumped aboard

Off we went in the Zodiac with Jerome at the helm

As soon as we stepped foot on the island we were treated to the sight of a large male with his harem and pups. His enourmous size was quite apparent, especially when compared to the females. 

When we first arrived he ignored us and kept on working on his suntan 

As we walked towards the inland we came across another adult male moving around the tussock grass

We approached closer and both of us kept a wary eye on each other

A younger male southern sea lion was near this large male, so we kept an eye on him also. This younger male soon decided he did not want us between himself and the water, so he charged at us to get us out of the way. In this first video he starts slowly, but then he lets out a loud bark and rapidly accelerated towards Dr. P who was in his way. You can tell the point that Dr. P started running away by the shakiness of the video.

In the second video Dr. P gets his act together just in time to watch this sea lion blast past toward the water. It all happened fast, and gives you an idea of how you need to be observant at all time around these large and powerful animals. We would not have gotten this close without Jerome being there.

All too soon it was time to say good bye to our newfound friends and make our way to New Island, the final destination of our trip

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