Right Whale Bay

10th November 2015. Right Whale Bay, South Georgia.

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Our first landing on South Georgia and the only time we encountered snow.  Little comment is required for most of these images.  All the penguins are King Penguins.  There are also elephant seals, fur seals and a skua.

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The young male elephant seal has been in the wars.  Probably aspirations beyond his station.

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A view from near the shore looking inland.

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The penguins here are all King Penguins. They are similar in appearance to Emperor Penguins but not as large, up to a metre in height.  Some species of prehistoric penguins reached as high as two metres.

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Two methods of locomotion – walking and sliding on the belly.

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A skua, probably on the lookout for a dead penguin.

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The penguins don’t climb up there.

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Patterns on the mountain side.

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Fur seals have right of way….

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A last glimpse before departing in the zodiacs as the weather closes in.

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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 birds sitting on the water (and here flying from the ship) but I can’t identify 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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South Georgia 4

14th to 17th November 2015. St Andrews Bay, Entrance to Drygalski Fjord, Ocean Harbour, Salisbury Plains, Rosita Harbour, Salisbury Plains (again); South Georgia Island.

Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

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From ship, at south end of South Georgia.

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Chinstrap penguins and snow petrels on iceberg.

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King penguins and elephant seal.

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Elephant seal (IR).

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Macro landscape.

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South Georgia 3

13th November 2015. Gold Harbour and South Coast, South Georgia Island. Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

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Over-friendly elephant seal pup, Gold Harbour.

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Elephant seal.

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Wildlife city.

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King Penguins, Elephant Seals and a Snowy Sheathbill in the foreground.

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Elephant seal pup guarding my pack.

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Too rough for zodiacs.

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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.

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Elephant Seal.

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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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