Falklands to South Georgia

7th to 10th November 2015. Falkland Islands to South Georgia.

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Before we left Stanley, we crowded on a lifeboat for a drill, all no doubt hoping we wouldn’t encounter the real-life situation, tossed on a wild sea like a can of sardines.

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A last glimpse of the Falklands as we sail from Stanley, out of Blanco Bay.

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There were huge numbers of sooty shearwaters sitting on the water (and here flying from the ship).  Jóhann Óli estimates there were 8,000 of them.

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Snow Petrels.

Visibility was generally poor during the crossing so I didn’t chase images then and we are now near South Georgia, three days later.

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Black-browed albatross.

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Giant Petrel, South Georgia in the background.

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The looming mountains of South Georgia.

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Map of journey.  Click to expand to large size (around 2,000 pixels wide).

The return route line is generally outside the incoming line and the landings are also numbered.

I have been on several tours but this one stands out for the quality of the company.  There was 48 of us almost all photographers, the vast majority of those of professional quality and specialising in wildlife.  They included Ole Jörgen Liodden and Roy Mangersnes of Wildphoto and Joshua Holko, Daniel BergmannEirik Grønningsæter and Bonnie Yap, with whom I journeyed from Spitzbergen to Iceland in 2013.

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Cape Petrel.

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Right Whale Bay, site of our first landing.

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Giant petrel.

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Black-browed albatross, flying towards land.

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Sea Lion Island Monochromes

5th to 8th November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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The entrance to Port Howard inlet in West Falkland and the mountains beyond.

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It was wild weather on Sea Lion Island, particularly to the south of the island.

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A silvery grebe in a sheltered pond.

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The king cormorants were washed out of their earlier roost and had to decamp to higher ground.

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Now at the quieter end of the island where some were oblivious, including this bull elephant seal.

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Kelp geese.

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The beachmaster arrives…

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… and heads for a female…

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Back in the south of the island, with king cormorants and wild weather.

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Ole Jørgen Liodden cleaning his lens in the wild wind and spray.

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North end of the island again.  Elephant seal portrait.

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An encounter on a beach…

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Kelp and sand.

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A dash of a gentoo penguin…

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A cruise ship in Stanley harbour.

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Rockhopper penguins.

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Pebble Island Monochromes

1st to 5th November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Somehow it seems almost heretical these days to show wildlife in mono, yet mono wildlife can often be commanding in its own right.  Though there are colour versions of these images in previous posts, sometimes we may need to forget about the colour image.

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Striated cara cara.

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Turkey vulture.

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Striated cara cara.

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Rockhopper penguins.

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Skuas with penguin egg.

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King Cormorant.

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Upland geese.

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Yellow-billed teals (not that you can tell).

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Falklands war wreckage.

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Coastal panorama.

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Striated cara cara.

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Flightless steamer ducks.

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Rockhopper penguin colony.

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Rockhopper penguin and egg.

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North end of the island with the weather turning wild.

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Returning to the homestead.

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South American terns diving for marine food in the waves by the shore in late afternoon light at high tide.

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Storeroom in the old farm.

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Sheep pens in the old farm.

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Tractor ready to go (almost).

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Monochromes Over Africa and the Andes

30th to 31st October 2015. Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo to Santiago, Chile to Punta Arena and the Straits of Magellan (by air).

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This is the first of three posts of monochrome conversions from the Falklands and of the journey there.  This one is aerial shots from Abu Dhabi to the Falklands, part of my epic transfer from Antananariva.  There are colour versions of these images in earlier blog posts.  Following the three posts we journey to South Georgia.

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Abu Dhabi Control Tower.

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Probably Sudan or South Sudan.

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This image and the next two are probably near the coast of Gabon ot Congo Brazzaville.

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Descabezado Grande Volcano in the Maule region of Central Chile.

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Lanín, an ice-clad stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina.

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Southern Chile.

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Southern Chile.

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Mount Fitzroy.

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Southern Patagonia Icefields and Glaciar Viedma leading to Lago Viedma.

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Somewhere just north of Punta Arenas.

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Choiseul Sound area, just south of Mount Pleasant Airfield.

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As above.

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In the plane from Mount Pleasant to Pebble Island.

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The barren highlands of East Falklands.

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Berkeley Sound

6th November 2015. Berkeley Sound, East Falkland, Falkland Islands.

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A final view of Sea Lion Island as we fly away.  looking towards the south end of the island, I think.

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And this is Stanley, only town in the Falklands.

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One of the ships in Stanley Harbour.  Fortunately, not the one we travelled on to South Georgia.

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We headed off overland in four wheel drive vehicles to the southern shores of Berkely Sound, north of Stanley, in response to a reported sighting of a stray Northern Rockhopper penguin. The northern variety has much longer yellow head plumes and its most numerous location is at Gough Island in the Tristan da Cunha group.  However, the penguins we saw were the more common Southern Rockhoppers, though someone else in our party caught a brief glimpse of a northern one.

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Southern rockhopper, as for all following penguins.

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Cochon Island.

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Looking north, across Berkeley Sound.

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Distant sea view with Cochon Island.

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Last Day at Sea Lion Island

5th to 6th November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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On my last day in Sea Lion Island, I wandered around in the middle of the island, where there is a variety of wildlife, then returned to the Northern end.

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Speckled Teal.

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Upland Goose.

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Flightless Steamer Duck (Male).

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Kelp Geese.

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Patagonian Crested Duck.

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Kelp and rocks.

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The waves were still breaking through the tunnel in the rocks though the sea was much quieter than the first two days.

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Patagonian Crested Ducks.

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Kelp Goose.

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Elephant Seal.

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Kelp Goose.

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Gentoo penguins on the northern beach.

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Flightless Steamer Ducks.

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Elephant Seal with scars.

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Getting up close…

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Sand blowing along the beach.

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Elephant Seals.

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Sand and Kelp.

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Looking towards the Lodge.

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Flying Steamer Ducks.

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Gentoo Penguin Road including a water crossing.

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They’d bank up at the edge of the water and when there was enough numbers, they’d dash across as quickly as possible.

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After all, you never know when there might be an orca or a leopard seal.

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And there was at least two inches of water….

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This is now the morning of the next day.  There was a little extra time before we were due to fly out.

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Return to the Wild South of Sea Lion Island

4th November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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On Sea Lion Island I met up with a small group of Norwegian Photographers led by Ole Jørgen Liodden of Wildphoto.  I had previously met Ole on the plane from Santiago to Mount Pleasant Airport (East Falkland) and we were all due to join the ship on the voyage to South Georgia Island in a few days.

Ole asked me if I had seen anything interesting in my quick tour of the island and I told him of the wild conditions at the south end of the island so we all headed off there in two or three four wheel drives.

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Juvenile King Cormorant.

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The sea was thundering into an inlet and throwing up spray high into the air as well as a rainbow.

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And here is the King Cormorant colony in a rare moment with little spray, though the wind was no doubt unabated.

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The sea was wild in the background, the spray carried for a long way and you had to be careful not to be blown over by the wind.

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The birds in the sky are a mixture of the more drab juvenile King Cormorants and adults in their magnificent finery.

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A lone dolphin gull over the colony.  The birds stand with their heads tucked away due to the force of the winds.

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And the force of the waves is amazing.  The ocean is a long way down.

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Not a good place for swimming.  Awesome power in the waves.

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There were a few rockhopper penguins there too.

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A challenging environment for photography.  Cleaning of the front element would be happening here.

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This is Ole Jørgen Liodden.

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I must have walked a bit further north from Rockhopper Point and the HMS Sheffield Memorial (HMS Sheffield was a destroyer sunk near here by an Exocet missile in the Falklands War).  The point in middle distance is part of Sea lion Island but it must be Rum Island in the background.

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Striated cara cara in the spray.

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Dolphin gulls over the cormorants and photographers in the background.

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Ole was using two Nikon D5s with Beta firmware during this trip and there is a review of the D5 on his blog which includes images from the Falklands and South Georgia.