3 Apr 2018

3 Apr 18 - Atlantic Odyssey - Day Six: South Georgia's St Andrews Bay - The King

After the good start to the landing at St Andews Bay detailed in the last Post, then there plenty more King Penguins to see & photograph.
The view over the front part of the colony
Brown Skua: Two Brown Skuas patrol over part of the colony
King Penguin: Adults & moulting juveniles
King Penguin: One of the features of Emperor Penguins is they have a pink patch on the lower mandible, rather than an orange patch. Clearly, this isn't a foolproof way to separate the two species as the right hand King Penguin demonstrates
King Penguin: A close up of the right hand individual
One of the great things about the Odyssey was meeting a couple of friends I had met on the trip to Pitcairn & French Polynesia in 2014: who were on the Odyssey as far as Cape Verde. It was great to meet up & spend time with both Richard & Bridget Lowe again as they are a really great couple.
Bridget Lowe: Meeting a new friend
Richard Lowe: You can see Bridget was looking for a new friend
Gentoo Penguin: This single Gentoo Penguin was looking very lonely compared to his larger friends. It was the only Penguin I saw on the beach that wasn't a King Penguin
South Georgia Pintail: There were distant flight views of a small party of South Georgia Pintail
Chris Mills & a couple of Snowy Sheathbills: Somehow, Chris managed to overlook the Snowy Sheathbills at Salisbury Plain & came in for a lot of micky taking at the Wildwings log on the previous evening. Therefore, he was keen for evidence of having seen some today
Snowy Sheathbill: I saw a few around the edge of the colony
Snowy Sheathbill: There really aren't very pretty when seen close
Snowy Sheathbill
Patricia Creagh & Eileen Patterson make a friend
Doc Laura enjoying some King Penguin photography
Finally, as I've got a number of photos of other passengers, I guess I should add a couple of photos of myself on South Georgia.
Myself with a few King Penguins
Myself with a bemused King Penguin: Thanks to Keith Betton for taking the photo & allowing me to add it to the Blog (The copyright for the photo remains with Keith)
After a great morning it was finally time to head back to the Plancius for lunch & our next location.
Ron Hoff: The morning had all been too much for Ron (another of the Wildwings party). Ron learnt the hard way that if you are going to have a short sleep, it is better to head off to the cabin to avoid embarrassing photos
Wilson's Storm-petrel: There were at least fifty flying around the bay as we left for Gryfviken
Wilson's Storm-petrel: Unfortunately, none were close
Finally time for some more King Penguin photos. Best look away now if  you are bored with King Penguin photos.
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King Penguin: Preening
King Penguin: The whole idea of a limited number of primaries & secondaries breaks down on King Penguin wings
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King Penguin: The three musketeers: Athos, Porthos & Aramis with d'Artagnan to the right
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