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May Membership Meeting: The Fabulous Falklands Ed Harper
Tuesday 07 May 2019, 07:30pm
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Location: San Leandro Library
300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, CA


Our presenter, Ed Harper, has traveled around the world and to all the continents to both bird and photograph birdlife. Near the top of all his many destinations are the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). How can an island complex 300 miles off the coast of southern Argentina with a population of fewer than 4,000 souls be ranked so very high? To find out join us at this informative program highlighted with superb photography. During a two- week stay, Ed and wife Susan Scott along with two close friends pretty much had several of the islands all to themselves. The birding was magical with confiding birds completely unafraid of humans. Striated Caracaras would land within ten feet to satisfy their curiosity while inquisitive Black Cinclodes would be at one’s feet. Black-browed Albatrosses glide in to rest beside you. Five species of penguins provided superb photographic opportunities while they were marching to and fro from the sea to feed their young. The effect of Snowy Sheathbills patrolling the nesting areas of thousands of Imperial Cormorants while Brown Skuas flying overhead looking for easy prey all combine to paint a spectacular scene. Southern Elephant Seals on the wide and extensive white sand beaches devoid of other humans further enriched the experience. Having just returned this past January from the Falklands, Ed is ready to share his insights and findings. One need not go on a cruise to enjoy the Falklands!

An avid photographer, Ed has photographed over 2000 species of birds, with many of his photos found in books and periodicals. In North America alone, he has photographed over 750 species of birds. Starting out as a tour leader for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1980, Ed now operates Sandpiper Journeys with his wife, Susan Scott. Together they have conducted many birding and natural history tours throughout the world.

Directions : San Leandro Library: Karp Room https://www.sanleandro.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx? BlobID=24859 https://goo.gl/maps/JZissDVNz8y

From I-580, take the Estudillo exit. Follow Estudillo westward to the library on the right. From I-880, take the Davis Street exit, head east, passing under BART track. Go through light at E. 14th St. (Davis becomes Callan). Continue 1 1/2 blocks to the library on right. We will meet in the Karp room.

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