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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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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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.

Sea Lion Island – Quick Tour

3rd November 2015. Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

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On arriving at Sea Lion Island, I opted for a quick tour of the island in a four-wheel vehicle.  There was just myself and a couple as well as the driver.

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There were some wild seas.

 

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… and they were washing in and out of the hole in the cliff.

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Silvery Grebe.

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The south end of the island was receiving the brunt of the storm.

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The King Cormorants had been washed out of their lower roosting position and had to take refuge further up.

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There was a wild wind but I was able to photograph from the quiet and comfort of the passenger seat of the four wheel drive.

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Back at the Lodge in the east part of the island, I went for as walk before dinner.  This is an elephant seal arriving on the beach.

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The seas were a bit wild at this end of the island too.

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Magellanic Penguin.

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This is the Gentoo Penguin Road.  Stretching from the beach in the far left distance…

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… past where I was standing to their colony.

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Here is the far point and the Penguin Road in the middle foreground.

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And a bit further on they cross some shallow water to get to the beach.

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Dominican Gull in front of the wild sea.

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Flightless steamer ducks.

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Gulls wheeling in the air.

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An elephant seal coming in to shore and announcing his arrival.

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Probably the same one.  There were lots of elephant seals on Sea Lion Island but no sea lions at this time.

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A harem of elephant seals stretched out on the beach.

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A couple of young ones practicing for their adult contests.

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Snuggling in the seaweed.

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Peacefully sleeping on the beach.  Note the traces of blood though on the neck.  There have been some territorial contests going on.

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Penguin Colonies (Pebble Island)

2nd November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Gentoo Penguin (also the next five images).

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These penguins are upland geese.

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And those distant shapes are nesting giant petrels.  Not to be closely approached or they desert their nests.

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Two-banded Plover.

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Cara cara.

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Flightless steamer ducks (The Falklands also has flying steamer ducks).

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Turkey vulture drying its wings.

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I think a juvenile kelp gull.

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Rockhopper penguins en masse.

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Rockhopper penguin and egg.

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A couple of macaroni penguins in the rockhopper colony.

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Rockhopper penguin.

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Rockhopper penguns near the top of the cliff, walking up towards their colony.

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Looking down to where the come in and out of the sea as the waves go crashing in.

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A longer view, also showing them coming up the cliff.

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Nearing the top, the colony in the left distance.

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These are gentoos, with a large land-based penguin in the background, otherwise known as a sheep.

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Pebble Island Penguins and Skuas

1st November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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I’m about to start posting on wildlife in the Falklands but first a brief account of some computer misadventures that has delayed this post. Feel free to skip this bit if you’re not interested or it’s too technical.

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Computer Issues and Solutions

Ten days ago, my computer died, suddenly and completely. The CPU (the chip that powers it) was dead. The computer was six years old and replacing the chip didn’t seem enticing. New ones are no longer available for that motherboard and a second hand chip from EBay might prove to not work. The motherboard was also incompatible with Windows 10, so an upgrade to a modern machine was in order.

As it happens, I wrote an article on that for the Canberra Photographic Society. so it was fairly easy to work out what I needed. Some of my files may be 50MB out of the camera and when I combine multiple images for panoramas, focus stacking or HDR, the files get very large. Taking the images is just the start. The processing task is not to be underestimated and since I process a lot of images I don’t want to be forever sitting round waiting for something to happen. So my requirement is for pretty heavy-duty image processing and this is not a typical PC.

I retained the case, power supply and hard drives. I purchased new motherboard (Gigabyte Z170X – Gaming 7), CPU (Intel Core i7 6700K), CPU cooler (Thermaltake Riing Silent), video card (Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1060) and 32GB RAM (GSkills Ripjaws V DDR4). This is actually a previous generation motherboard and CPU (from about six months ago) so I was able to save a bit of money with little loss in processing speed. I had also bought a new 30 inch NEC professional monitor a couple of months previously (at half price) and may in due course get a couple of M.2 SSDs (3 to 5 times faster than normal SSDs) to speed up the machine further for bootup and for the Lightroom catalogue and cache.

I ordered the PC components and ended up with a new working PC except with one “minor” problem – no access to my images because when the CPU died, it took out my data drive. Even without buying two more M.2 SSDs, my PC has six hard drives – an SSD for startup and applications, an extra drive for non-photographic storage and a RAID 10 array of four drives (i.e. my data drive). The RAID array has two pairs of drives that mirror each other for safety and each pair simultaneously writes across each drive (called striping). This makes it both fast and easy to recover when a drive fails. The problem was that when the CPU died, it knocked two of the drives out of the RAID.   I was unable to rebuild it, even after a clean reinstall of Windows.

So I’m starting again from a data drive with no images.  All my files should be backed up on my Drobo (a five-disk RAID-like backup system), so I should be able to restore them.  I restored the Falkland Images to a local drive a few days ago to use in generating this post and I’ve just started recovering all images from backup to my data drive.  This will take another day or so.

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Pebble Island

OK, back to the Falklands.

I haven’t had any problems with jet lag in the past. Partly this may be sleeping on the plane to key my metabolism to the destination. But the 55-hour transfer was just too much to end up fresh at the other end. So I was very lucky that I had personalised tours of the island awaiting me with Montana Short and his four wheel drive vehicle. These images are from the morning after I arrived on the plane.

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Montana driving over a boggy stream.

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We were heading towards the South of the island.  I think this must be Elephant Bay.  No elephants so they had probably all swum out to sea.  And what you see is typical Falkland islands rainforest, often several inches high.  If you click on it you go to a larger than usual image.

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Magellanic Penguin peeking out of its burrow with upland geese in the background.

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A pair of Magellanic Penguins from the same burrow.

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Gentoo Penguin calling out to the gods beyond the sky. … Or perhaps advertising for a mate.

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… Or maybe calling for the skuas to stay away.

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Here’s a Skua, hovering over the penguins, looking for an unattended egg.

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This egg is safe.

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Perhaps returning after a fishing expedition.

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Now this is a colony of Rockhopper Penguins, again with a Skua patrolling overhead.

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Let’s do the time warp again…

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A rockhopper on a cliff.

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It can get quite territorial when someone wanders close to a nest, even if they have to do so to get to theirs.

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… and then it can be on for young and old….
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Skua on patrol.
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The last laugh? Two skuas with a stolen egg.
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South Georgia 1

9th to 11th November 2015. Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plains and Prion Island, South Georgia Island. Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

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Grey-headed albatross, Scotia Sea.

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Right Whale Bay.

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King Penguins.

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Salisbury Plains.

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Fur seal.

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Wandering Albatross chick, Prion Island.

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