Pebble Islands' diverse terrain provides vital breeding habitats for a wide-ranging population of birds, including some rare and elusive species like the majestic Black-necked swan. Also found in the wetlands (An Internationally Significant Bird Area) we have many beautiful water fowl such as the Chiloe Wigeon, Yellow-Billed Pintail and Silver Teal. Many thousands of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins breed on Pebble Island each summer, spearheading the list of 42 resident bird species. In addition, each year the island attracts many rare avian visitors from South America and beyond.
Southern sea lions can often be found resting at secluded spots around the coastline and can also be spotted swimming and hunting offshore.
We frequently see Commerson’s and more occasionally Peale’s Dolphins surfing in the bright blue waters off our beaches or fishing amongst the kelp beds. Later in the season whales migrate past the Falklands and can been occasionally seen from the cliffs.
Frequently guests are lucky enough to see four species of penguin in one day (Magellanic, Gentoo, Rockhopper and Macaroni) and the occasional very lucky visitor may also see a King penguin who will have come ashore to moult. This makes Pebble Island one of the few very special places in the world where you can see so many different penguin species within such close proximity.