WBSW9: Wineglass Bay Evening Sail

11 September 2017, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 5

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It was a wonderful day to be in the ketch in Wineglass Bay because not only was it a fine day but we were surrounded by a profusion of wildlife.  There were shoals of fish in the bay which had attracted seals, seabirds and dolphins.  Here we see a little tern diving for fish and behind that a colony of Australian fur seals is hauled out on the rocks.  There is also a little black cormorant on the rock at the right.

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Terns and seals again, including a diving tern.

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Here we have a cotillion of tern stretched out at the edge of the beach while there are two silver gulls in the water.

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The South cape of Wineglass Bay.

Since the weather was so good, we took off for a brief sail out of the bay in the late afternoon.

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Cape Forestier and Lemon Rock (though they appear joined).

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Cape Tourville lighthouse.

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Probably one of The Nuggets.

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Closer view of Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

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We probably turned around about this time.

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Waves were washing on the rocks as the rocks glowed in the late afternoon light.

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Heading back to the beach and the shoreline.

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Lemon Rock and the end of Cape Forestier.

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Back in the Bay, closer to the shore.

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At front left is the point where the seals are hauled out, then the beach where the terns are and Mt Graham behind.

This is the last post of the Wineglass Bay Sail/ Walk.  We walked out to the carpark the next day and thence a bus trip to Hobart, but I took few photographs then.  Still a few more posts to come from the trip back from Tasmania and I’ll also do a few mono posts.

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WBSW7: Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals)

10 September 2017, Ile des Phoques and Schouten Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 4

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This continues on from the previous post, Gliding on Glass.  I think we had anchored overnight off Maria Island and we were heading north towards Schouten Island, below the Freycinet Peninsula.

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This lighthouse is on the Tasmanian mainland, opposite the northern end of Maria Island, but I do not know its name.

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Some fishermen on the calm sea.  The northern point of Maria Island in the background.  A seabird waiting behind the boat.

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In the open sea, a seal lazily floating on its back.

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Sea and land against the sun.  It’s just after 11am so we must be looking just east of north and that’s likely to be the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island in the distance.

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Now we’re just off Ile des Phoques (Island of Seals).

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We will soon see the yellow rocks which are here reflected in the water.

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I think all the seals here are Australian Fur Seals, although New Zealand Fur Seals live in this area too.

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Lots of folks, um, sorry, phoques.

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Parental concern, perhaps.

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A couple of fur seals and a sunning of black-faced cormorants.

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Perhaps a bit of contention going on here.

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Passing the island now, with a bob of seals off the rocks.

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The final bob, bouncing in the water.

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Tallifer Rocks, off the south end of Schouten Island.

 

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Two and a half hours later, we have landed on Schouten Island and are climbing the hill there.  This is a distant view of Freycinet Peninsula.

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Similar view. Wider angle.

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It was a steep scramble to the top and here at the top is a natural bonsai growing on little other than rock.

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Going down towards where the ship is moored at Crockett’s Bay.  Steeper than it probably looks.

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Back on the beach with the receding sunlight.

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This is the hill we climbed.  A kookaburra is sitting in a branch of the tree.

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A leisurely supper on the beach with oysters and wine….

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… and then back to the ketch for the evening.

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Bruny Island Cruise

1 September 2017, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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We started off our first day on Bruny Island with a cruise with Bruny Island Cruises that starts from Adventure Bay and travels down the east coast of the island.

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Cliffs near Adventure Bay.

The boats hold 43 people and are open.  The best place to sit is a bit of a puzzle.

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The sea merges into the distant hills.

Going out it’s better to be on the right hand side.  The boat turns around for each point of interest but not while approaching them.

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Natural arch.

You get a lot more spray in the front.

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Headland.

We were at the back at the left, partly because when we got on the boat, almost everywhere else was taken.

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A little patch of greenery hiding at the bottom of the cliffs.

We still got some spray there but were able to move to the very last row, which was better.

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On the right, it looks to me like a mediæval statue of a queen.

I had brought a dry bag with me which meant I could keep my camera dry though where we were sitting it was actually overkill.

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Looking up at the top of the cliffs.

Conditions would be very variable day by day depending on the weather and the sea.

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A keyhole through an isthmus.

You get a lot more bouncing up and down at the front.

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Cormorants on a rock.

So the front may not be so good if you are prone to sea sickness.

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Australian fur seal.

Even where we were in the back, there was someone near us who was under the weather for the whole voyage.

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Fur seals

On the way back (we’re still going out here), it was a lot rougher with a lot of bouncing around at the front.

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A headland at the south of the island.

At that stage, a lot of people quickly abandoned the front and it got quite crowded at the back.

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Imperious wave goodbye.

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A rock and headland at the far south of the island.

I suspect this was our farthest point south.

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On the way back we were still on the left at the rear.

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Bridge Rock, probably.

Though we didn’t stop as much, we were now on the better side and I was able to photograph out the back.

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Snow on a mountain in the distance.

We’re probably looking west and it’s Mount Hartz in Mt Hartz National Park (where we would be going in a few days).

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We leave the small islands below Bruny Island behind.

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… And in the last few images I explore eucalypts on top of the side-lit cliffs.

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South Georgia Monochromes 3 of 3

15th to 17th November 2015, South Georgia.

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Penguins parading past an elephant seal.

St Andrews Bay (Take 2).

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Early morning on the beach.

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Penguin highway with elephant seals in the water.

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St Andrews Bay.

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Not drowning, waving.

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Gull over nursery.

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Shaker tapestry.

Ocean Harbour Dreaming.

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Remains of the Shaker colony and giant spinning wheel.

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The Bayard.

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Fur seal, king penguins and yacht.

Salisbury Plain (Take 2).

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Fur seal.

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King penguins.

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Rosita Harbour.

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King penguins hitting the beach out of the surf.

Salisbury Plain (Take 3).

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King penguin.

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Fur seal.

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King penguin acrobatics.

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King Penguin.

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A crossing.

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Elephant seal pup.

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Nothing like a nice cushion….

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South Georgia Monochromes 1 of 3

10th to 12th November 2015, South Georgia.

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I am now back from Tasmania and will be posting on that soon.  Atacama and the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, the Caribbean and Southern California will have to wait.  (Fortunately, there were no hurricanes or earthquakes when we were in the Caribbean).  First I will finish off South Georgia with three monochrome posts.

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Snow Petrels in the crossing from the Falklands to South Georgia.

Falklands to South Georgia.

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Black-browed albatross.

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Emperor penguins at Right Whale Bay.

Right Whale Bay.

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Fur seal, Salisbury Plain.

Salisbury Plain (Take 1).

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Wandering albatross chick, Prion Island.

Prion Island.

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Distant views from Prion Island.

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Grytviken

Grytviken Part 1.

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Grytviken Part 2.

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Roy Mangersnes and a female elephant seal, Godthol.

Godthol.

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Antarctic Tern.

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South Georgia Cormorant.

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Salisbury Plain (Take 3)

17th November 2015. Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . . (2 and 14 (there should be a 15). Salisbury Plain)).

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Here we are, back on the beach at Salisbury Plain, in our last landing on South Georgia.  An ever-obliging group of king penguins wanders by.

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Penguin portrait.

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Fur seal.

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Elephant seals.

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Small squad in military formation.

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

King penguin “porpoising”.

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

A couple of king penguins just thrown up on shore by a wave, though the wave has receded.

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Eye to eye.

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Yellow beak.

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Magenta beak.

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Fresh out of the water.

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Looking at the world in a different way.

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Two’s company.

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Fur seal.

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A penguin contortionist.

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Gotta get that itch…

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Making the crossing…

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Elephant seals, Fur seal, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, Snowy sheathbill, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Elephant seal pup.

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At last, a pillow!

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Snowy sheathbills trying to break into my dry bag under the misapprehension that there might be something to eat in there.

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So, there it is, the end of the journey to South Georgia.  I’ll do some South Georgia monochromes in a while and after that will come Atacama and the the Caribbean. But first, I’m off to Tasmania next week for over a month.  More details of that in the next post….

Rosita Harbour

17th November 2015. Rosita Harbour, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . (15. Rosita Harbour)).

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The weather looks fine enough here but it must have been a grey dawn again because we didn’t venture out until after breakfast.  There was a cordon of male fur seals on the edge of the beach, protecting their individual territories so some of the expedition leaders defended a corridor with zodiac paddles to allow us to disembark past the seals.

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After that, the seals were much more thinly spread.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Looking back at the beach, there are quite a few seals and a few humans amongst them.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Rather than hang around on the beach and photograph seals, I decided to go for a walk…

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

… up  into the snowy distance.  There are a few people ahead of me at the left though you may need to click for a larger image to see them.

 

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But I also had another objective.  I was fascinated by the prospect of photographing the forests of South Georgia.  You might think that it’s effectively part of Antarctica, there would just be rocks and snow but there is vegetation as well.  And in some places the forests may reach a centimetre high or more.  No actual trees, mind you.

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I found the textures on this rock and the living and dead lichen on it particularly fascinating.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Perhaps you need to click on an image and see it larger to appreciate, but there is a lot of variety in texture and colours in these images.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

All of them are focus bracketed.  Macro shots have an extremely shallow depth of field so I have combined many exposures taken at different points of focus to give a better sense of how we would see it.

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The grasses out of focus in the background give it away but it this a mighty mountain range or some rocks sitting in moss?

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

I was climbing to a ridge and I later saw from some other people’s images that there was a spectacular view there over other bays.  But I didn’t get there.  I had spent too much time on the macro shots, it can be very slow walking through heavy snow, and I had to get back to the beach by a specified time, so I got to the point where I just had to turn back.  This was probably taken at that point.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

I wasn’t quite as far out of time as I had feared.  I felt relieved when I saw there were still people just ahead of me. If you click on this image, you can see that the two people in the middle left are well before the beach and that on the beach there are numerous seals and at least one person and a zodiac to the right.

 

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These were taken later, from the ship.

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Fur seal, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

We were heading back again to Salisbury Plain, for an afternoon landing, the last of the trip.

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