Johnny Rooks

Steeple Jason is a tiny island north west of the Falkland Islands. As well as being home to many penguins and albatrosses it also holds a significant population of one very unusual bird: the striated caracaras, known locally as a Johnny Rook. These are birds of prey but act more like crows. Charles Darwin called them “tame and mischievous, quarrelsome and passionate”. In a wonderful article in The Quietus, Jonathan Meiburg, who is both an ornithologist and frontman for the band Shearwater, describes a research visit to the island and his encounters with these amazing birds.

You can view a small selection of images on this page, or click the photograph below to read the article and see many more pictures from this little visited place.