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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Sydney BluesCruise

8 April 2017, Sydney Harbour.

With the next post we will resume to journey to South Georgia in the South Atlantic.  First, though, we will have a brief interlude with the BluesCruise on Sydney Harbour that we attended last weekend at the invitation of organiser Tony Cini.

We drove down from Canberra, stayed the night at Cremorne on the north side of the harbour and caught a ferry in the morning to Circular Quay, in the city near the Opera House.  From there we walked but got confused by another Pier #6 on the way and nearly missed the ferry (thanks to Jools for working it out!).

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This is the first band, the PJ O’Brien band.

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We were sailing around the harbour for four hours so there was plenty of thime to observe sights on the way.  This is a curious boat-launching dock on the side of a Navy ship, maybe a destroyer.  The seats in it are also curiously high.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge of course in the background.

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Some of the more interesting sights are always the older, somewhat more derelict-looking ones.

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Finger food was plentiful and gratefully appreciated.

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Michelle van der Meer’s band is now playing.  She is looking up to the people around the opening on the upper deck.

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Some people who live at the side of the harbour do not appear to be impoverished.

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An outpost of an exclusive Catholic private school.

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Nearby boatshed, yacht and canoes.

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There were many yachts on the water, many with children in them.

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Here there is a launch with parents mixed in with the yachts with children.

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Enough wind to fill a spinnaker.

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And then some were in the water rather than on it.

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The third and final band – Tony Cini backed by PJ O’Brien’s band.

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Some colourful workshops.

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And now we are heading back to the Darling Harbour wharf.

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Back on the dance floor…

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…and back with the band…

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… as the audience appreciates the last numbers….

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For those that might want to see more images, there is a JAlbum slideshow here with 17 more, including a few before and after the cruise.

 

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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Pebble Island Monochromes

1st to 5th November 2015. Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

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Somehow it seems almost heretical these days to show wildlife in mono, yet mono wildlife can often be commanding in its own right.  Though there are colour versions of these images in previous posts, sometimes we may need to forget about the colour image.

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Striated cara cara.

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Turkey vulture.

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Striated cara cara.

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Rockhopper penguins.

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Skuas with penguin egg.

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King Cormorant.

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Upland geese.

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Yellow-billed teals (not that you can tell).

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Falklands war wreckage.

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Coastal panorama.

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Striated cara cara.

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Flightless steamer ducks.

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Rockhopper penguin colony.

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Rockhopper penguin and egg.

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North end of the island with the weather turning wild.

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Returning to the homestead.

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South American terns diving for marine food in the waves by the shore in late afternoon light at high tide.

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Storeroom in the old farm.

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Sheep pens in the old farm.

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Tractor ready to go (almost).

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Monochromes Over Africa and the Andes

30th to 31st October 2015. Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo to Santiago, Chile to Punta Arena and the Straits of Magellan (by air).

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This is the first of three posts of monochrome conversions from the Falklands and of the journey there.  This one is aerial shots from Abu Dhabi to the Falklands, part of my epic transfer from Antananariva.  There are colour versions of these images in earlier blog posts.  Following the three posts we journey to South Georgia.

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Abu Dhabi Control Tower.

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Probably Sudan or South Sudan.

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This image and the next two are probably near the coast of Gabon ot Congo Brazzaville.

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Descabezado Grande Volcano in the Maule region of Central Chile.

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Lanín, an ice-clad stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina.

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Southern Chile.

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Southern Chile.

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Mount Fitzroy.

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Southern Patagonia Icefields and Glaciar Viedma leading to Lago Viedma.

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Somewhere just north of Punta Arenas.

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Choiseul Sound area, just south of Mount Pleasant Airfield.

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As above.

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In the plane from Mount Pleasant to Pebble Island.

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The barren highlands of East Falklands.

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Berkeley Sound

6th November 2015. Berkeley Sound, East Falkland, Falkland Islands.

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A final view of Sea Lion Island as we fly away.  looking towards the south end of the island, I think.

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And this is Stanley, only town in the Falklands.

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One of the ships in Stanley Harbour.  Fortunately, not the one we travelled on to South Georgia.

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We headed off overland in four wheel drive vehicles to the southern shores of Berkely Sound, north of Stanley, in response to a reported sighting of a stray Northern Rockhopper penguin. The northern variety has much longer yellow head plumes and its most numerous location is at Gough Island in the Tristan da Cunha group.  However, the penguins we saw were the more common Southern Rockhoppers, though someone else in our party caught a brief glimpse of a northern one.

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Southern rockhopper, as for all following penguins.

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Penguins, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Penguins, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Falkland Islands, Landscape, Nature, Penguins, Photography, Rockhopper Penguins, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife .

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Cochon Island.

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Looking north, across Berkeley Sound.

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Distant sea view with Cochon Island.

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