April 2016 -
"Complete with Swimming Pool" John
In 2010, the Falkland Islands held the largest breeding population
of Gentoo penguins in the world, with an FC census
recording 121,500 breeding pairs. Numbers in the Falkland Islands
do fluctuate, but have averaged about 100,000 pairs over the last
75 years. Gentoo penguins are resident in the Islands throughout the
year and distributed all around the coastline.
This is the second largest Falkland penguin, standing at 76cm (30
inches) tall. It has a distinctive white bar over the crown of the
head, a long orange and black bill, a blue-black back and under parts
silver-white, and orange feet. It is very inquisitive, although easily
scared from its nest if approached to closely by humans, which in some
cases can leave the eggs or chicks vulnerable to predation by skuas.
The Fairy Glen is a secluded and enchanting gorge on the river Conwy. A
favourite with artists and photographers alike.
Located only a short distance from Beaver bridge on the outskirts of
Betws y Coed, a combination of rapids and cascades on the Conwy river
that are chanelled into a narrow ravine. Wooded banks and rock walls
clothed with vegetation add to the charm.
Liffey River flows through the center of Dublin on it’s way out to the
Irish Sea and has a number of bridges that cross it including the
Ha’penny Bridge that got its name from the old toll that used to be
charged years ago.
The Vikings originally inhabited the area of high ground near Christ
Church and used the Liffey to moor their ships for protection from the
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