A typical expedition cruise to the islands will call in at such islands as West Point Island, New Island, Saunders Island and maybe Carcass Island. The latter does not have the large colonies of Black-browed Albatrosses or Rockhopper Penguins of the former three islands, but as it has remained predator free, it is home to a much wider variety of small birds including one of the two endemic bird - the Cobb’s Wren, and the Falkland Steamer Duck.
The high cliffs of the western side of the islands are very scenic in their own right, and are full of breeding albatrosses and penguins plus a variety of waterfowl and a mixture of landbirds including the very colourful Long-tailed Meadowlark known locally as the ‘Military Starling’.
Although the capital Stanley is generally a cultural port call there is still some wildlife to see as one walks along the seafront. This includes Kelp and Dolphin Gulls plus a scattering of Crested Ducks close inshore with the Falkland Steamer Ducks usually frequenting the middle of the harbour. The House Sparrow, from Europe is the most numerous bird species in the capital but there are also Black-chinned Siskins and Falkland Thrushes to look for in the well-manicured gardens with Turkey Vultures often gliding over the town on windy days.
Any excursion away from Stanley should also see good numbers of ducks and geese near any streams or lakes with wading birds such as Magellanic Oystercatcher along any shorelines. There are several penguin colonies near to Stanley with the small colony of Magellanic Penguins at Gypsy Cove and the nearby Gentoo Penguin colony on Yorke Bay being the nearest to Stanley – a ten to fifteen minute drive from the public jetty.