Overland Track Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff

20 August 2017, Overland Track, Tasmania

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After Liffey Falls in the last post, I travelled on to meet the rendezvous for the Overland Track walk.  The Overland Track is a 63 kilometre walk through Tasmania’s highland wilderness.  I had done the walk thirty years ago with large format photographic equipment and a pack of 24 kilograms (53 pounds).  I used the public huts then (and you can also camp), but this time I was undertaking a catered trip using private huts offered by the Tasmanian Walking Company.  This meant I didn’t need to carry food because meals are provided and all huts also offer hot showers and drying rooms.

I had opted for the winter tour because I wanted to capture Tasmania’s unique landscape in the snow.  This is much more demanding than the usual summer traverse because trekking through the snow can be harder and slower, and the days are shorter.  As we set off there were ten people in our group plus three guides, although one of our number turned back after an hour because she was feeling unwell.

My clothing weighed 4.5 kg (10lb) including walking poles, and the guidelines for the walk say your pack should weigh 12 to 16 kilograms (26 to 35 pounds).  But with 6.4 kg of camera equipment (14lb), I was carrying 22 kilograms (48 pounds).  This was more than I realised at the time and more than I bargained for.  Based on my previous experiences thirty years earlier, I had assumed I would have lots of time to stop, pull out my tripod and take photos.  However, that was in summer when days are much longer and walking conditions usually much easier (though it can snow here at any time of year).  As it was I generally had to press on with little time to stop for photographs and I was seldom able to use the tripod.  Because my pack was so heavy I was reluctant to take it off too often.  Just as well I had two cameras and four lenses in cases hanging off my shoulder straps and pack belt so I was able to take photographs without removing the pack.  Almost all these images in this and subsequent Overland Track posts are quickly taken on the fly.

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Here are some of the group taking off on the walk.  I am still in the carpark and taking this image from there.  We are heading off to the plateau on the snowline at the left.

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Crater Falls.

After climbing for three quarters of an hour we got to this small waterfall beside the track, with lots of water flowing through.  You can see it’s a longish exposure but I didn’t pull out my tripod, just braced against a railing.

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Boatshed, Crater Lake.

After climbing for an hour and twenty minutes, we stopped for a little while at Crater Lake.  The boatshed was built by the first ranger at Cradle Mountain, Lionell Connell, to ferry visitors around the lake.  There is a similar and better known one at Dove Lake, accessible by road.  Both were built of King Billy Pine, an ancient and slow growing conifer not available as a building material these days.  That’s ice you can see on the surface of the lake, though hardly solid enough to walk on.

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Crater Lake.

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Crater Lake and Boatshed.

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Crater Lake.

This one is looking back at Crater Lake as we continue climbing towards Marion’s Lookout.  Still a steep climb to go.

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Bennett’s Wallaby.

This is further on from the previous image, with Crater Lake out of sight down below the ridge.

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Towards the top, the weather closed in and there was heavy snow.  It had stopped snowing when we got to the top and we stopped for lunch.  According to the time stamps on the images it must have taken us about three hours.  We were close to Marion’s lookout but there was no point going there because there would have been nothing to see.  On a clearer day there would have been a magnificent vista of Dove Lake and the wild country beyond.

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Trees on Cradle Plateau.

The weather was clearing and the lack of a view from Marion’s Lookout was more than compensated by magnificent vistas around the Cradle Plateau.

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Looking west to Cradle Plateau.

A wonderful vista of distant eucalypts in snow.  Click on the image to see it in a larger size.  I would have liked to stop for an hour or so in this area and explore the possibilities but time was pressing and we had to move on.

In a way this is my Fred Williams image though I wasn’t aware of that Australian painter at that time.  When we got to Geelong, the art gallery had a wonderful exhibition of his semi-abstract landscapes looking down from the You Yang mountains to the arid plains below.  This image reminds me of that though it’s really only the central part with the distant trees in the snow.

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Looking east towards the Central Plateau with an angry sky.

Although the weather could be menacing at this point, it was clearing for the rest of the day.

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Barn Bluff.

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You might think this shows towering eucalypts beside a tarn but it’s tiny, more like a miniature landscape.

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Cradle Mountain.

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A distant view of Barn Bluff.  That’s where we’re headed.

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Cradle Mountain.

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Quick question:  on which side of a pole does moss grow?

This marker pole provides a metaphor for the weather.  Wind-driven snow is caked on one side of the pole while moss clings resolutely to the other.

Answer: It’s the south side here.  If you live in the northern hemisphere you probably got that wrong.

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Cradle Mountain.  We’re getting further away now.

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Snow piling up in a sheltered part of the trail in Waterfall Valley.

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Eucalypts in snow, still Waterfall Valley.

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Barn Bluff in the distance, framed by eucalypts.

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Mount Emmett in the late afternoon light.

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Mouth Emmett from Cradle Cirque.  Firth River valley in the distance.

At this stage there was only a kilometre or two to go but it was very rugged.  The problem for much of the day, and especially the last section, was the boardwalks.  Often they were two planks wide, say eighteen inches.  This would be fine in summer but they were covered in about two feet of snow (as with everything else).  It was impossible to stay on them all the time and if you missed them, you fell a couple of feet down into the snow.  I fell over dozens of times and probably so did everyone else.  It had taken nine hours before I got to the hut, starting with the brutal three hour climb to Marion’s Lookout and I was totally exhausted.  Totally worth it, though.  The scenery on the way exceeded my expectations.

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South Georgia Monochromes 3 of 3

15th to 17th November 2015, South Georgia.

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Penguins parading past an elephant seal.

St Andrews Bay (Take 2).

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Early morning on the beach.

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Penguin highway with elephant seals in the water.

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St Andrews Bay.

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Not drowning, waving.

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Gull over nursery.

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Shaker tapestry.

Ocean Harbour Dreaming.

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Remains of the Shaker colony and giant spinning wheel.

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The Bayard.

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Fur seal, king penguins and yacht.

Salisbury Plain (Take 2).

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Fur seal.

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King penguins.

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Rosita Harbour.

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King penguins hitting the beach out of the surf.

Salisbury Plain (Take 3).

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King penguin.

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Fur seal.

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King penguin acrobatics.

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King Penguin.

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A crossing.

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Elephant seal pup.

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Nothing like a nice cushion….

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South Georgia Monochromes 2 of 3

13th to 14th November 2015, South Georgia.

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Penguins and elephant seals in the early morning at St Andrews Bay.

St Andrews Bay (Take 1).

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King penguin conga line.

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Elephant seal.  Nice place to sleep.

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Young elephant seals.

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St Andrews Bay.

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King penguins.

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At sea on the way to Moltke Harbour.

Moltke Harbour.

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Fur seals, Moltke Harbour.

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Giant Petrel.

Gold Harbour.

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Macaroni Penguin.

Macaroni penguin at Cooper Bay.

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Off the coast of South Georgia.

The Acropolis Iceberg.

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The Acropolis Iceberg.

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The Chinstrap Iceberg.

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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.

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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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Natural Bridge and Coomera Track

24 July to 26 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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The second day was something of a rest day because we’d found Dave’s Creek Track more arduous than expected, so we went for a drive to Natural Bridge.  This image combines multiple exposures to enhance shadow detail, which you appreciate more if you click on the image to see it larger.

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A huge log lying in the creek below the natural bridge.

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Back in the carpark, this bush turkey was eagerly patrolling in vain expectation of a handout.

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Long exposure after sunset on the way back.

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The next day, five of us elected to undertake the 17.5 kilometre Coomera Circuit.  This was to be the highlight of the trip.  This is a section of the Coomera Falls.

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Not sure of the name of this waterfall.

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Alan below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Greg below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Another view below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Just at the very bottom of Bahnamboola Falls..

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Gwongarragong Falls.

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Moolgoolong Cascades.

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A small waterfall above Moolgoolong Cascades.

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Funghi on a log on the way back.

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Temperate rainforest on the return path.

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The side of a tree on the return path.

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Back Alcheringa, another view from the balcony.  I actually took this to demonstrate panorama processing but it also serves as an illustration of the magnificence in front of you that you may not think to photograph.

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The next day, returning to the airport, we had some extra time so took a side route and were fortunate enough to see these paragliders just launched at a steep dropoff beside the road in North Tamborine.

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Not many or even no posts for a month or so.  I’m off to Tasmania tomorrow and will probably not have internet access most of the time.

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Alcheringa, Dave’s Creek Circuit and Tullawallal Circuit

26 July to 28 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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A group of seven of us from the Canberra Photographic Society visited Lamington National Park for a few days of walking in the rainforest.

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This is a view from Rosin’s Lookout on the way in.  Mt Warning is in the middle in the distance (We are looking from Queensland towards New South Wales).  Ship’s Stern is to the right of Mt Warning and Springbrook Plateau to the left, rising towards Best Of All Lookout just left out of picture.  Also, Springbrook National Park is to the left of Mt Warning and Lamington National Park to the right.

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From pretty much the same point, here is a farm far below in the valley.  All sorts of interesting details if you click for a larger view.

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We stayed at Alcheringa, a wonderfully appointed house and cottage with magnificent views, and right next to the main complex of Binna Burra.

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We are looking north but I’m not sure of the name of the mountain.  Maybe Mt Tamborine.

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The last two images were in the evening when we arrived.  This and the next are before dawn on the next day.  All from Alcheringa.

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The first full day we went for a walk in Dave’s Creek Circuit.  Here are some backlit ferns along the way.

 

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From one of the lookouts, a view of a distant cliff in Springbrook National Park.

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Looking down from the same lookout on the distant forest.

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A Xanthorrhea (grass tree) flower head and bare Hakea branches.

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The tip of another Xanthorrhea flower head (complete with bee).

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Trees and cliff faces near Molongolee Cave.

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Looking down into the distant valley from Numinbah Lookout.  That’s not a farm below; it must be a hotel, religious retreat or conference centre.  If you click on the image to see it larger there is a man on a horse beside an old wagon.  However, I think it is a statue and not a real horse and rider.

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Surprise Rock with tree and xanthorrhea.

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Looking up at the tree beside Surprise Rock.

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The next morning, we went a walk to Tullawallal Circuit, where there is an ancient stand of Gondwanaland Beech trees.  This red-necked pademelon was at the top in the undergrowth.  Not the best of shots but taken with a long lens in broken light and what can you do?

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A branch of a tree fern nearby.

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An epiphyte catching the light as it grows out of a Gondwanaland Beech tree.

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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….