RAF tech’s drone captures the wild landscapes of the Falkland Islands

RAF radar technician captures the wild landscapes of the Falkland Islands in stunning drone footage

  • Paul Bromham, 38, from Swansea, started filming parts of the British Overseas Territory during his time off
  • RAF technician used a drone to take revealing shots of the likes of Mount Kent, Port Stanley and Gypsy Cove 
  • The footage shows rolling boggy mounds, mountains, stone ‘rivers’ and white-sand beaches 

An RAF radar technician has captured the wild, desolate and beautiful landscapes of the Falkland Islands in stunning drone footage.

Paul Bromham, 38, from Swansea, Wales, started filming during his time-off while hiking.

His edited video shows the sharp contrast in scenery from vast white stone runs (sometimes called stone rivers) to rolling boggy mounds and mountains areas as well as penguin-speckled white-sand beaches.

One of the stunning shots captured by RAF radar technician Paul Bromham in the Falkland Islands. This dramatic image shows fascinating Gypsy Cove

One of the stunning shots captured by RAF radar technician Paul Bromham in the Falkland Islands. This dramatic image shows fascinating Gypsy Cove 

While standing on Gypsy Cove, Paul was able to capture this fascinating image of Magellanic penguins, which breed there

While standing on Gypsy Cove, Paul was able to capture this fascinating image of Magellanic penguins, which breed there 

Incredible views: Paul stands on rocky Mount Kent, notable for its incredible 'stone runs'

Incredible views: Paul stands on rocky Mount Kent, notable for its incredible ‘stone runs’

The capital of the Falkland Islands is Port Stanley, pictured. The buildings there are known for having different coloured roofs

The capital of the Falkland Islands is Port Stanley, pictured. The buildings there are known for having different coloured roofs 

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    The revealing shots take viewers through sections of Mount Kent to the archipelago’s capital, Port Stanley, and Gypsy Cove – a distance of around 20 miles.

    He filmed from December until earlier this month on the remote islands, located at 51 degrees south and around 400 miles off South America.

    The islands comprise two main islands and 776 smaller islands and cover 4,700 square miles. They are host to five different penguin species, seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales and more. 

    Paul, who has previously visited the islands, was thrilled to be able to capture footage that shows off the unique spots.

    Paul filmed from December until earlier this month on the remote islands, located 400 miles off the coast of South America

    Paul filmed from December until earlier this month on the remote islands, located 400 miles off the coast of South America 

    RAF technician Paul said: 'The white sandy beaches are teeming with wildlife like penguins, dolphins, seals and whales'

    RAF technician Paul said: ‘The white sandy beaches are teeming with wildlife like penguins, dolphins, seals and whales’ 

    The stunning drone footage was captured when Paul had time off from his job. He would hike across the islands to get the best shots

    The stunning drone footage was captured when Paul had time off from his job. He would hike across the islands to get the best shots 

    He said: ‘Literally as soon as I’d step out I’d be greeted with these epic landscapes, completely desolate, rugged, rock-strewn and wild.

    ‘I’d hike from peak to peak and launch the drone when the wind permitted.

    ‘The contrasts between the coast and the inland areas are incredible, the white sandy beaches, teeming with wildlife like penguins, dolphins, seals and whales, and then the inland areas so sparse and barren, no trees, just rocks, but no less stunning!

    Paul is pictured walking among the rocky landscape of Mount Kent, which is in the east of the islands

    Paul is pictured walking among the rocky landscape of Mount Kent, which is in the east of the islands 

    Paul explained: 'The inland areas are so sparse and barren, no trees, just rocks, but they are no less stunning!'

    Paul explained: ‘The inland areas are so sparse and barren, no trees, just rocks, but they are no less stunning!’ 

    The islands comprise two main islands and 776 smaller islands and cover 4,700 square miles. Above is an aerial view of Mount Kent

    The islands comprise two main islands and 776 smaller islands and cover 4,700 square miles. Above is an aerial view of Mount Kent 

    ‘I think the landscapes are incredibly emotive, the gigantic stone rivers, the treeless, windswept peaks, the jagged rock-spine formations all really give you a sense of the ancient primal forces that carved and shaped the Falkland islands.’ 

    The Falklands remains a British Overseas Territory but are self-governed with a population of 2,500 in the capital and a further 1,600 military personnel and civilians. 

    Paul added: ‘I’d been to the Falklands once before so I wasn’t surprised at how beautiful it was, but I was better equipped this time to capture it and show people. 

    The Falklands remains a British Overseas Territory but are self-governed with a population of 2,500 in the capital Port Stanley, pictured

    The Falklands remains a British Overseas Territory but are self-governed with a population of 2,500 in the capital Port Stanley, pictured 

    Port Stanley, pictured, is twinned with Whitby in North Yorkshire, and Airdrie in North Lanarkshire

    Port Stanley, pictured, is twinned with Whitby in North Yorkshire, and Airdrie in North Lanarkshire

    Paul said: 'I sincerely feel privileged to have been and experienced the Falkland Islands. I understand that not many people will ever get the opportunity to visit due to its remoteness and inaccessibility'

    Paul said: ‘I sincerely feel privileged to have been and experienced the Falkland Islands. I understand that not many people will ever get the opportunity to visit due to its remoteness and inaccessibility’ 

    ‘So far the reaction to the video has been positive, especially from my RAF colleagues who have been themselves. I’m sure it brings back memories of their experience of the Falklands Islands.

    ‘I sincerely feel privileged to have been and experienced the Falkland Islands.

    ‘I understand that not many people will ever get the opportunity to visit due to its remoteness and inaccessibility.

    ‘My only regret is that I didn’t get to see more of it.’ 

    Paul, pictured, said he was thrilled to be able to share views of the unique spots of the Falkland Islands with others

    Paul, pictured, said he was thrilled to be able to share views of the unique spots of the Falkland Islands with others

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