This week, we headed to Johnson's Harbour, a massive sheep farm which includes a private nature reserve, about an hour out of Stanley, with two friends on board. At the end of the gravel road, we waited at the tiny settlement of about 4 houses for the Warden to arrive and transport us in his big 4x4 (SUV) to the House, about 12 miles away, over very boggy untamed ground.
The 12 miles took about 75 minutes to traverse. The main tourist track to the beach was closed due to being too wet, but as the Warden lived at the House, he could use a quiet track which was relatively pristine, as it received little traffic.
|The track had been closed for 2 weeks, due to being wet!|
|This is not due to rainfall - this is a tidal lagoon. The main track is worse!|
|Indecisive King Penguins|
|"OK, form a line"|
|Hallo, 'allo, 'allo!|
We watched a line of penguins waddle into the surf, only to emerge moments later at top speed as a dark shape was spotted in the waves!
|The Gentoo wins the race!|
As well as watching the wildlife, we had hoped our friends would enjoy their visit. It was a sentimental journey for them, as they had first come here on their honeymoon - 40 years ago!
|White-rumped Sandpiper and a 2-banded plover|
The Bride's Grandparents had given them a flight in a Beaver float plane to take them to a shack at Volunteer Beach. With a bag full of compo rations from the Royal Marine barracks where the Groom was billeted, along with the other Marines in Naval Party 8901, they set off on their honeymoon.
The float plane landed on the nearby lagoon. As the shack was uninhabited, there was no-one to greet them. So no boat to get them ashore from the float plane in the middle of the tidal lagoon. So the Groom had to give the Bride a piggy-back lift to dry land!
|Feeding time at the creche|
|Swimming all day makes one tired|
|We are not allowed inside the white stones.|
|Some people miss all the fun of arrival by the track....|
|Group beach stroll|
|House is beside the green trees, right. Volunteer Beach in the centre.|
More in a few weeks,