Prion Island

11th November 2015. Prion Island, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . (3. Prion Island)).

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

From Salisbury Plain we sailed to nearby Prion Island on the afternoon of the same day.  Based on the time stamps, the first two images were taken from the ship on the way there.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

The reason we went there was the possibility of photographing wandering albatrosses and indeed, there was a chick on a nest and a few others further away.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

When an adult, this bird may have a wingspan of up to 3.7 metres (12 ft), the largest for any bird.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

This one isn’t flying anywhere yet but in due course it will fly huge distances, soaring on the air currents.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

… but no reason not to try out the wings…

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

This on the other hand, is a giant petrel.  Colouration and plumage are very different, and also the nostril case above the beak.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

The others were concentrating on the birds (after all, most of them are specialist wildlife photographers) but I was also transfixed by the distant background.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife

The moody shapes in the distance presented a mysterious and changing tableau.

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Giant Petrel, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wandering Albatross, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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6 comments on “Prion Island

  1. The petrel nostril case — interesting detail, I was wondering what it was on the photos … And the landscape, lovely!

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  2. I only got to fly over it –

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