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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Small squad in military formation.

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King penguin “porpoising”.

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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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Fur seal.

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A penguin contortionist.

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Gotta get that itch…

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Making the crossing…

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

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

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

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Salisbury Plain (Take 2)

16th November 2015. Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . (14. Salisbury Plain)).

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We had had an unusual run of perfect weather but this was compromised somewhat this day.  It was raining and grey in the early morning so we slept in and ventured ashore after breakfast.  Here is a glimpse of the multitudes on shore.

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Incredibly, there was a yacht here too.  They must have been very experienced (hopefully not foolhardy) to venture to a zone where the weather can be so wild.

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King penguins and a fur seal.

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Male fur seal.  Don’t venture too close.  Though actually, if you keep very low they’re less likely to take offence.

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King penguin portrait session.

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Perhaps the penguins are from the yacht and have just landed.

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Most of the king penguins are firmly on land while one gazes out in the distance to the ocean.  Looking for signs of fish?  Orcas?  Leopard seals? Nuclear submarines?

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The Polar Pioneer in the distance now, rather than the yacht.

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You can fly, you say?

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I’m really not convinced.

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A view of the shoreline with fur seals and king penguins and somewhat dubious weather.

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A line of king penguins is a little cautious, preparing to walk through the fur seals.

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Penguins surfing in and walking past a fur seal on the beach.

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(Anthropomorphic warning):  All dressed up and nowhere to go?

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Almost got this right but unfortunately, the front penguins are in focus but not the central one at the back.

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This is almost certainly after a territorial conflict with another male fur seal (this one appears to have won).

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And finally, a trio to bid us farewell for the day.

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After an hour or so, we were reminded where we were.  Katabatic winds sprung up and reached 60 knots off shore.  The zodiacs had taken several groups back but were unable to return for those still on shore.  I had omitted to bring an extra layer of clothing with me and was feeling a touch cold so I lay down in the partial shelter of a ridge of stones created by the tide along an edge of the beach.  Ole Jørgen Liodden was revelling in the deteriorating conditions and photographing returning penguins while in the water himself.  As well as lacking a layer of clothing, I did not have his waders.  Fortunately, after about half an hour, a zodiac was able to head off from the ship in a tangential direction and work its way around the shore to us.

We reconnoitred for a landing at Prince Olav Harbour in the afternoon but weather conditions prevented it.  This was our second to last day on South Georgia.

Moltke Harbour

13th November 2015. Moltke Harbour, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . (7. Moltke Harbour)).

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Here we are heading from St Andrews Bay towards Moltke Harbour.  This is taken from the Bridge and the window is covered in water (as you can see if you look closely or click for a larger image).  This means that in the open ocean, waves have been breaking over the bow onto that window.  We are now in a sheltered sea, though.

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This image and the following seven show the majestic power of the wild South Georgia landscape, the high jagged mountains covered with snow rising up out of the sea, the banks of fog and cloud, and the mist rising from the sea.

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Now we have landed.  We are onshore at Moltke Harbour.

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I went for a long walk up the valley towards the hills.

 

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There were a group of king penguins beside the river on the way back.

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Nearby there were three fur seals, perhaps two females and a pup, amusing themselves in the shallows of the river.

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I am on my way back with a view of the beach. There are many people and zodiacs at the left hand end of the beach, though also a few people at the mouth of the river.  one zodiac is heading back towards the ship.  It looks like I have enough time to get back.  Click the image if you want to see more detail.

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Godthol

12th November 2015. Godthol, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . (5. Godthol)).

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From Grytviken, we sailed south along the coast towards a small harbour called Godthol.  The first three images are views of icebergs and the shore along the way.

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A recently wounded bull fur seal, encountered just after disembarking from the zodiac.

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It was Spring and at many places along the coast, male fur seals were fiercely defending territory while they awaited the arrival of the females.

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This is a young fur seal.  You had to be careful walking though the knee-high tussocks by the beach, so as not to stumble into a fur seal.

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Not so much of a problem asleep in the open, though.

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Here Roy Mangersnes is having a close encounter with a female elephant seal.  Elephant seals are not a problem in the same way as fur seals.

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Gentoo penguin.

Most of our party headed off over the hills seeking nesting birds, possibly albatrosses, I don’t remember.  I stayed at the beach which turned out to be fortunate.  I managed to score a zodiac ride in the bay with just a few others, as the approaching sunset cast a glow in the water, partly reflected off the yellow grasses on the hills.

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Fur seal and elephant seal.

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Elephant seal.

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Antarctic tern …

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… diving for small fish (or having just dived in this case).

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Elephant seal.

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And this is a South Georgia Cormorant, very similar to the King Cormorants we saw in the Falklands.

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I took a whole series of these graceful birds swimming around and diving in the golden water.

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Shaking off the water after a dive.  You may need to click to a larger image to see it properly.

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Fur seal, Gentoo Penguins, Icebergs, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife Down we go…

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Fur seals.

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Elephant seal.

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Salisbury Plain (Take 1)

11th November 2015. Salisbury Bay, South Georgia.

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Map of journey . (2. Salisbury Plain).

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Our second landing was at Salisbury Plain, where we would return five days later. We arrived the previous evening but strong winds and rain prevented a landing then.

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A skua in the right foreground. King penguins across the stream. South Georgia mountains in the distance.

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Flipper of a whale. Probably a relic from the whaling days.

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I was unable to detect any massive stone circles erected by the penguins.  Perhaps I need to read more about Salisbury Plain.

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It’s not just the penguins, the whole environment is magnificent.

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Beach procession.

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King penguins porpoising near the shore.

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Penguin landing party.

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Previously we have seen elephant seals. They are not to worry about too much unless you get between a couple of contesting males and they don’t move very fast except for short distances. These are fur seals though and a different matter. Males stake out a patch of beach as potential mating grounds and will attack if you get too close. They can move very fast, are very powerful and have sharp teeth. To be treated with caution.

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Looks cuddly but don’t get too close….

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Size of images

Most readers of this blog will be aware that you can click on an image to see a larger version.  For some of the earliest posts in this blog the maximum dimension was I think 800 pixels.  Most have been 1024 pixels.  From this post I have increased it to 1900 pixels.  This won’t make any difference if you are using a phone, but may be useful for those viewing the posts on PCs.

South Georgia 2

11th to 12th November 2015. Prion Island, Grytviken and Dogthul, South Georgia Island. Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

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Views from Prion Island.

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Grytviken.

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Wounded fur seal, Godthul.

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Antarctic Tern, Antarctica, Elephant seals, Fur seal, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Antarctic Tern.

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Antarctic Tern, Antarctica, Elephant seals, Fur seal, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Elephant Seal.

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Antarctic Tern, Antarctica, Elephant seals, Fur seal, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife South Georgia Cormorant.

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Antarctic Tern, Antarctica, Elephant seals, Fur seal, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Antarctic Tern, Antarctica, Elephant seals, Fur seal, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, South Georgia Cormorant, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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