Grave Cove’s Grim Neighbors
Grave Cove lies 2.5 km (1.6 miles) southeast of Westpoint Island. The cove is situated among a landscape of cliffs (Death’s Head Ridge) and white-sand beaches. Near the beach some graves can be found, which explains the grim names in the area. The hills behind the beach offer good hiking possibilities for those who want to stretch their legs.
The Bird-Watching Bounties of Grave Cove
Grave Cove is home to several bird species: the crested duck, speckled teal, Falkland steamer duck, upland goose, and ruddy-headed goose. Also to be seen there is a black-browed albatross colony with about 200 breeding pairs. The cove supports three penguin species: rockhoppers (240 pairs), Magellanic, and the largest gentoo colony of the Falklands (over 5,500 pairs). Birdlife International has recognized Grave Cove as an Important Bird Area.