Pebble Island Monochromes

1st to 5th November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Somehow it seems almost heretical these days to show wildlife in mono, yet mono wildlife can often be commanding in its own right.  Though there are colour versions of these images in previous posts, sometimes we may need to forget about the colour image.

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Striated cara cara.

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Turkey vulture.

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Striated cara cara.

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Rockhopper penguins.

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Skuas with penguin egg.

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King Cormorant.

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Upland geese.

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Yellow-billed teals (not that you can tell).

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Falklands war wreckage.

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Coastal panorama.

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Striated cara cara.

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Flightless steamer ducks.

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Rockhopper penguin colony.

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Rockhopper penguin and egg.

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North end of the island with the weather turning wild.

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Returning to the homestead.

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South American terns diving for marine food in the waves by the shore in late afternoon light at high tide.

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Storeroom in the old farm.

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Sheep pens in the old farm.

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Tractor ready to go (almost).

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Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island

3rd November 2015. Falkland Islands.

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At 11am I flew from Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island in the same light plane that previously took me to Pebble Island.

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If you look carefully you may be able to see the airfield, both along the isthmus and across it.  This is where a SAS raid destroyed the Argentine aircraft on the ground in 1982.

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Moving a bit to the right, there is the edge of the settlement at bottom right under the watermark.

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The large building is the main house where I stayed.

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Moving further along, this is the wharf and the old farm buildings.

The following five images are islets between Pebble Island and West Falkland.

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Brocken Island and subsidiary islets.

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At the east end of East Island.

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Same location, different view.

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Small islands off River Island.

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Probably the east coast of River Island.

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Flying over the barren hinterlands of West Falkland.

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On the east coast of West Falkland, this is Port Howard, the most massive metropolis in West Falkland, with twenty inhabitants and centre of a farm with over 40,000 sheep.

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Still Port Howard, from a different perspective as we fly south west.

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Falkland Sound in the foreground and the cliffs that protest Port Howard from the East.

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Further back and now we can see the Hornby Mountains behind and the weather is closing in.

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Now we can see the entrance to Port Howard Inlet.

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This is now the west coast of East Falkland, Long Point from over Egg Harbour.

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A bit further on, looking back towards the southern edge of Egg Harbour.

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A river in the centre of East Falkland.

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There are many small lakes in the centre of East Falkland.  I know where this is, but can’t supply a name.

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At the far end of Adventure Sound.

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This is at the Bay of Harbours, at the south coast of East Falkland, just to the east of Cow Point.  I don’t have a shot coming in to Sea Lion Island, further south.  It must have been too cloudy there.

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Pebble Island Homestead

2nd to 3rd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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This is a distant view of the Pebble Island Homestead, as we return on the late afternoon of the 2nd.

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In the late afternoon light, and it might have been a spring tide, these South American Terns were diving for some marine food source in the waves…

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Next morning I was due to fly out and I got up early, I think before breakfast, to photograph the old farm buildings.  There is very little farm activity going on these days and little explanation required of these images.

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Trivial milestone:  I estimate that with this post there are 10,000 images in this blog.  In a couple of posts, if you printed all those images out on A4 paper and stretched them end to end, they would make three kilometres of prints.  There are also over 260,000 words, enough for a 575 page book even without the images.

Note:  Posts may slow down for the next few weeks.  I will be working on images from the Thredbo Blues Festival 2017 and though I have a few Falklands posts ready, I have yet to start on South Georgia.
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Pebble Island Vistas

2nd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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The images show the raw, spare beauty of landscapes in the Falkland Islands.  They are all from the northern part of Pebble Island but I’m not going to try to identify specifically where for each image, sp mostly no comments.

The long thin images are panoramas combining from two to five images.  If you click on them they go to a larger than normal size – 2560px wide rather than 1024.

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In general, a wild and windswept landscape with the notable absence of trees..

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Some of the beaches look inviting places for a swim if the climate were different.

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This is at the northern tip of the island, with some wild water and a storm bearing down.  Nearby was a beach with the original coloured pebbles that gave the island its name.  There are not many of them left now because people have taken them away.  I did take a picture but I didn’t get the depth of field right and it’s not good enough to show here.

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Nearing the settlement now, the buildings are associated with the airfield.

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Penguin Colonies (Pebble Island)

2nd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Gentoo Penguin (also the next five images).

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These penguins are upland geese.

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And those distant shapes are nesting giant petrels.  Not to be closely approached or they desert their nests.

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Two-banded Plover.

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Cara cara.

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Flightless steamer ducks (The Falklands also has flying steamer ducks).

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Turkey vulture drying its wings.

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I think a juvenile kelp gull.

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Rockhopper penguins en masse.

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Rockhopper penguin and egg.

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A couple of macaroni penguins in the rockhopper colony.

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Rockhopper penguin.

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Rockhopper penguns near the top of the cliff, walking up towards their colony.

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Looking down to where the come in and out of the sea as the waves go crashing in.

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A longer view, also showing them coming up the cliff.

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Nearing the top, the colony in the left distance.

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These are gentoos, with a large land-based penguin in the background, otherwise known as a sheep.

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Wreckage from the Falklands War

2nd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Two Argentinian planes were shot down over Pebble Island during the Falklands War.  This is from IAI Daggar C-437 in which Lt Hector Volponi died, shot down by the Harrier of Lt Martin Hale on 23rd May 1982.  There appears to be a partially released parachute here.  Lt Volponi’s body was found on the ground in a cone section of the plane.

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This is one of the fuel tanks of the C-437.  There were two under the wing and one under the body.

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Probably part of another fuel tank.

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The Falklands was first settled by the French in 1764 and the British in 1766 and they may have been unaware of each other’s settlements.  France transferred its claim to Spain in 1766.  The British withdrew their settlement in 1774 and the Spanish in 1812.  The British returned and the Falklands Islands became a crown colony in 1840.  Britain was looking to transfer the islands to Argentina in the 1970s but this was blocked by fierce opposition from the islanders.  The early Thatcher Government also looked to transfer the islands as a needless expense but was blocked by the islanders.

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Argentina occupied the Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982, partly to distract internal opinion from poor economic results and the political repression.

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Early in the war, Argentina established a small airfield at Pebble Island to help defend against British ships.  The SAS raided Pebble Island on the 14th May and destroyed all the planes.

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The war was a stretch for both sides.  Britain could have lost, either due to more successful raids of the Super Etendards on their main ships, or more effective bombing of the landing at San Carlos.  The Argentines military planning was for a war with Chile and they were stretched to cover the Falklands.  They couldn’t use the Stanley airfield for their jets and the Falklands was near the limit of their range from the mainland.

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Remaining images are of the other plane, the C430 IAI Daggar.  The pilot, Captain Diaz, successfully ejected just before the crash and though he was seriously injured, survived the war.
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He was flying in formation with two other Daggars when they were all shot down on the 24th May by a Harrier flown by Edmund Spencer.  One of those pilots died.  The other ejected parallel to the sea, was uninjured when his ejection seat bounced along the water, and swam six hours to the shore.

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The IAI Daggars were an unauthorised Israeli copy of a French Mirage 5 aircraft.

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Here is a forward section of the fuselage showing that aircraft shot down was the C-430.

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Here is a model of the very aircraft by Pablo Calcaterra.  He has a useful page showing the history of these planes in the war.  I sent an email requesting use of this image but the email addressed bounced.  So I hope he is OK with me using his image here.

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Here is a photograph of the actual plane, shortly before taking off on its final mission, also from Pablo Calcaterra’s site.

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The pilot was of course not in the plane when it hit the ground but he was also injured before ejection.

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There is a Forum thread here, which includes an account by the British pilot that shot down this plane.

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On the 25th May, the British Destroyer Coventry was off the north coast of Pebble Island in an operation to distract the Agrentinians from the landing at San Carlos Bay.  They shot down two Argentinian Skyhawks and both pilots were killed, but bombs from another two Skyhawks sunk the Coventry, killing 19 of her 189 crew.  While the survivors waited in their lifecraft to be rescued, they sang “Always look on the bright side of life” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

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Other birds of Pebble Island

1st November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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More avian wildlife from the south of Pebble Island.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

A pair of upland geese, common in the Falklands.  The male is on the left.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Upland geese and chicks.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

A temporarily unoccupied nest.  Black and white feathers indicate upland geese.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Don’t know whose nest this is (both taken from a distance with a telephoto lens).

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Yellow-billed Teal.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Yellow-billed Teal.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Patagonian Crested Duck.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Long-tailed meadowlark (not that you can see the tail).

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Female upland goose being inconspicuous on the nest.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Silver Teals.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Long-tailed meadowlark, Magellanic Oyster Catcher, Nature, Patagonian Crested Duck, Pebble Island, Photography, seascape, Silver Teal, Travel, Upland Goose, Wilderness, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Teal

Magellanic Oyster Catcher.

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Backups

If you don’t have backups, you discover the need for them when your computer or hard disk crashes.  If you do have backups, you then discover how good they are at that time.  In theory, you should have at least two backups and one should be in a remote location (in case your house gets napalmed or drops into a sink hole).

My recent computer crash knocked out my RAID 10 data disk and the data proved unsalvageable.  This meant I had to recover the data from backups (on my Drobo S) and there proved to be holes in my backups.  I had made a mistake in specifying one backup and the files from my 2011 New York trip were missing.  I have also been specifying backups by year for Travel, Festivals and Local Performances and had forgotten to specify 2016 backups for Travel and Local Performances.

I recovered the New York files from a second backup to a hard disk. I did not have such a backup for 2016 Travel or Local Performances but my 2016 travel images including Flinders Ranges, Cuba & the Caribbean and Point Hicks were still on the laptop and its travelling backup disks.  I just lost a few TIFF files of panoramas, HDRs and focus stacking that I was quickly able to regenerate.

I had no backups for 2016 Local Performances though.  For the most part that doesn’t matter.  I still have the web files, most bands only want web images and I probably wouldn’t want to print any of them.  The only exception was the most recent performance of Blues Piano Night, where I have a pending request for full-sized images for a CD.  Fortunately, some of the images were still on a CF card.  The rest were on a CF card from the other camera that I had formatted and started to reuse.  However, I was able to recover those images using Sandisk Rescue Pro Deluxe (this comes free for a year with each Sandisk Extreme Pro card you purchase).

So I didn’t lose anything very significant but have to rethink my backup strategy.  I have too many images for a single incremental backup (takes too long) but clearly defining new backups each year is a potential failure point.  So for Travel, Festivals and Local Performances I will have subfolders for Processing and Finalised which will always be backed up.  I will move projects from Processing to Finalised as I finish them.

I have approaching 240,000 image files so backing up is a significant issue for me.  But no matter how few important files you may have, backing up is not an issue to ignore.