The Chinstrap Iceberg

14th November 2015. Far south end of South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . (11. Icebergs)).

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An hour after sailing around the Acropolis iceberg, we encountered an iceberg with siz chinstrap penguins along for the ride.  There are two of them here, and six snow petrels in the background.

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Here are the other four, not far from the first two.

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And from another angle, as the ship sails by.

Frank Zappa warned “Don’t you eat the yellow snow” (Apostrophe, 1972), though here it’s ice and there are no huskies (or eskimos) to be seen.

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Snow petrels and chinstrap penguins.

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Here the are from a bit further back.  Hard to tell whether this is the bow or the stern of their ship.

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An overall view from the back.  So no penguins visible now.

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Its shape looks quite different from different angles.

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Here they are again.  After they calve from an ice shelf, icebergs can melt in the sun, become unstable and turn over.  You don’t want to go too close to an iceberg because you never know when that will happen (though the penguins probably don’t greatly care).  That diagonal; grey strip is probably a previous water line.

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Here they are again.  They’ve shuffled their order since first encountered.

 

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Maybe the two on top have moved.

Blue lines on icebergs can be caused by fresh water that is quickly frozen.  The brown lines.are probably from a layer of dust, perhaps when the ice was part of a glacier.

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Those two penguins are certainly well away from the waves.

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Here are some cape petrels beside the iceberg.  Perhaps looking for some fish thrown up in the turbulence.

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All six of them in the one image.

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And they’re not as close together as they seemed in the preceding image.

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Those big diagonal bands could be relics of rolling events.

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Macaroni Penguins at Cooper Bay

14th November 2015. Cooper Bay, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . (9. Cooper Bay)).

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From Gold Harbour we continued south to Cooper Bay, with a landing for a Macaroni Penguin colony. This was to be our most southern landing in South Georgia.

 

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This is Cooper Bay, taken on shore after we had landed.  A wild and beautiful location though it would be not a good place to be shipwrecked.  (Click on the image to see it much larger).

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Here is one of the macaroni penguins we came to see.

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It’s easy to see how they got their name.

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They are just standing round in tussock and since the tussock tends to be untidy, in what follows I’ve mainly zoomed in for portraits.

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There were also a couple of South Georgia Cormorants standing around on a rock.

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… as well as a lone chinstrap penguin.

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South Georgia 4

14th to 17th November 2015. St Andrews Bay, Entrance to Drygalski Fjord, Ocean Harbour, Salisbury Plains, Rosita Harbour, Salisbury Plains (again); South Georgia Island.

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From ship, at south end of South Georgia.

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Chinstrap penguins and snow petrels on iceberg.

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King penguins and elephant seal.

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Elephant seal (IR).

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Macro landscape.

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