Sunday, 20 December 2015

Antarctica Voyage Day 1 - 19 December 2015 Falkland Main Island

Antarctica Voyage Day 1 – 19 December 2015

Port Stanley from the ship
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

After boarding our ship, The Vavilov, we met Simon Boyd our on-board bird guide.  Simon immediately recognised me from the OBC Magazine article about Spoon-billed Sandpiper and my trip to Bangladesh.  Our company was One Ocean and the staff seemed to love what they were doing.  There were 78 passengers on board out of a maximum of just over 90 passengers.

We dumped our bags and after looking around the boat, we went straight to The Bridge to see what birds we could see as the boat pulled out of Port Stanley Harbour.  The commonest birds were Black-browed Albatross.

Black-Browed Albatross

We had a life boat drill which was fun but serious, thinking of the boat that Bob Flood WA on that had a ship fire and had to be evacuated in the night.  Mum said she would keep our SD cards with our photos in her pocket at night as apart from lives and health, photos were the only things not replaceable!  Mum made some passing comment/joke to one of the other passengers about sinking ships, stressing the poor lady completely out, so mum had to keep reassuring her that she was sure our boat would be fine and even if we got evacuated in the night, she was sure there would be lots of other boats around to rescue us...making her feel worse.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig inside a covered lifeboat on Vavilov
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

It was amazing that we were finally on our way to Antarctica, my big dream for so long.

Falklands sunset from ship
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Mya-Rose Craig

Overnight, our ship was steaming around the Falkland Islands, to be at Sealion Island for morning.

Best birds from ship:

Black-Browed Albatross
Southern Giant Petrel
Sooty Shearwater
Magellanic Cormorant

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on ScillyPhotograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and is looking forward to watching Penguins in Antarctica in a week (arriving on 22 December 2015), which will be her 7th continent. 

Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol 2015 Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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