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.

Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information) and if an image does not have a link, use the preceding one.

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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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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….

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.

St Andrew’s Bay (Take 2)

15th November 2015. St Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . (12. St Andrew’s Bay)).

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Chorus line passing the elephant seal.

Another landing before dawn, to St Andrew’s Bay again, that we had visited three days before.  This time I managed to get onshore well before the dawn.

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Dramatic pre-dawn cloud on a remote beach on a fine morning.

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The sun has risen on the mountains but not where we are, down near the beach.

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A bull elephant seal rises up and roars as the sun peeks over the headland.

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Another bull elephant seal crtawls into view in the foreground.  Close inspection reveals the scars of battle.

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Vista up the river.  Elephant seals in the foreground, king penguins along the river, glacier in the distance.

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One of the elephant seals is now catching the morning light.

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A bull roars…

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Further on, the sides of the glacial river are packed with penguins.

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All are king penguins.

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A view of a wildlife metropolis, with conga lines going out to the sea for fishing. Perhaps they think there is safety in numbers, because there could be leopard seals or orcas lurking.

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Now what do you think this is?  Donald Trump on the wall of his building perhaps?

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Not drowning, waving…

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A whole city of infant king penguins in front of the mountains and glacier and a kelp gull flying overhead.

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More the adults visible here.

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Once again, the vast throngs on the banks of the river and further inland.

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Elephant seals, King Penguins, Landscape, Nature, Photography, seascape, South Georgia, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife A reindeer antler lying on the beach.

Reindeer were introduced in the early 20th century to provide a food resource for the whalers.  Numbers greatly increased after the whalers left and it was deemed that they were causing to much damage to the fragile ecosystem.  Consequently they have all been killed, though some calves were previously relocated to the Falkland Islands.

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Trudging across the river…

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Down now at the edge of the sea, there were many king penguins swimming around in dense rafts, perhaps hunting shoals of fish.

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…And some emerge from the water.

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Gold Harbour

14th November 2015. Gold Harbour, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . (8. Gold Harbour)).

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The next morning we landed at Gold Harbour, another wildlife hotspot.  Here is a group of penguins wandering down the beach in the dawn light.  As I was in one of the last zodiacs I only caught the last of that light.

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Behind the parade of penguins is our ship, out on the horizon.  Near it, improbably is a yacht.  It must take an adventurous person to sail to South Georgia in a fairly small yacht.

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A huddle of king penguins, parading along the beach.

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I think this is a small river, rather than a lagoon.

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King penguins and elephant seals.

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A giant petrel on a nest, taking advantage of a rare patch of shelter.

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King penguin chicks in front of a colony.  It is raining and some rain has gotten on the lens.

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Lots of chicks now.

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Captions seem redundant for many of these images.

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An elephant seal in front of a king penguin colony.

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There is a skua in left centre, on the lookout for a meal such as a dead chick.

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A skua again, walking around the elephant seal.

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A couple of penguins preparing to prostrate themselves.

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Definitely a demigod to worship here.

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Hold on a second.  Maybe not.

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A farewell party not long before we left for the ship.

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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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St Andrews Bay (Take 1)

12th November 2015. St Andrews Bay, South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . (6. St Andrews Bay)).

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Our next stop sailing down the coast of South Georgia was St Andrews Bay, where we would return some days later.  We all got up well before dawn and piled into the zodiacs for the landing but I was in one of the last zodiacs so arrived just for the last of the dawn colours.

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The wildlife in this post is almost entirely king penguins and elephant seals.

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And sometimes some humans.  The elephant seal pups can be very friendly.  They start off about 80 kilos but they are quite harmless because they don’t yet have teeth.

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Three king penguins in front of a varied vista in the early morning.

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The one in front probably knows where they’re going….

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Nothing like a nice comfortable place to sleep in the early morning sun.

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Penguin city.

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

Threading past the elephant seals.

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

A couple of youngsters having fun.

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

This bull elephant seal wants to be taken a bit more seriously though.

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

Threading past the seals at the edge of the waves….

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

The upside-down face of the elephant seal at top left looks almost like the face of some strange Japanese toy (if you imagine it as being the right way around).

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

One group going in; another swimming past.

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

I’d walked for a long while along the beach and past a small river to get to a raised viewpoint for this view.  It gives you some understanding of the amazing profusion of wildlife there.  I probably would have preferred it without the photographer but I’m not going to try to get rid of him.  The bird coming towards us at the edge of the sea is probably a skua. Click the image if you want a larger view.

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

Promenading at the water’s edge.

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

There is a lot of noise going on in these colonies and a lot of calling.

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

Taken out of context, this image would become almost abstract.

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

Quite crowded in places.

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

That’s a snowy sheathbill in front.  Not the most attractive of birds if viewed close up but surviving here well enough.

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

I had left my camera bag on the beach while taking off with a few cameras and lenses.  I returned to find it was being guarded.  And he wasn’t too happy about giving up his nice comfortable pillow.