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Antarctic expedition Dec. '22 - Jan. '23. Part 6

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    Posted: 17 February 2023 at 01:48
Continuing the numbering from Part 5.

This next landing at St.Andrew's Bay, site of another huge King penguin rookery as well as a beach where Elephant seals come to lie while they are moulting and shedding their old skins each summer.

61. Overview, setting shot. All that white stuff on the beach is moulted King penguin feathers.
St.Andrews Bay by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

62. Here the majority of the King penguins in moult were lining the banks of glacial meltwater streams that seem to be soothing to a degree, carry away some of the the shed feathers, and provide drinking water that's the penguins only dietary intake until their new feathers emerge fully waterproof.
King penguins lining glacial river, St.Andrews Bay by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

63. All the way back to the glacier.
Glacier and stream with King penguins by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

64. A wide view of the above.
King penguins, St.Andrews Bay by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

65. And all the way to the beach outflow.
Moulting King penguins on river banks by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

66. A couple of Kings escorting a Gentoo off the premises.
King penguins escorting a Gentoo off the premises by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

67. Beach littered with moulting Elephant seals.
Elephant seals and King penguins, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

68. That the King penguins have to navigate their way through.
King penguins marching past moulting Elephant seals, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

69. A face only a mother could love.
Moulting Elephant seals, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

70. Elephant seals, King penguins, mountains and glaciers. The only things missing here are the intense smell, and the animal noises.
Kings and Elephants sharing the beach, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

71. King penguins on the beach with the 'Greg Mortimer' moored off shore.
King penguins and 'Greg Mortimer' ship, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

72. A Gentoo penguin striding out.
Gentoo on the march, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Part 6 chapter 2 following straight on.






Edited by Jozioau - 17 February 2023 at 07:16
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Rather than creating a separate Part for the rest of my St Andrew's Bay images, here they are as a second chapter to Part 6.

73. King Penguin wallpaper.
King penguin multitude, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

74. Beach encounters with expeditioners.
Expeditioners and King penguins, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

75. One of whom suggested he take this with his iPhone - a rare opportunity for me to be in the picture. And obviously in my happy space rugged up and with my a7iv and SEL200600G OSS.
Joe with King Penguins and glacier by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

76. Need to avoid those cranky Elephant seals.
King penguins navigating around the Elephant seals, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

77. Not looking too happy.
Elephant seal portrait, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

78. Fast asleep in the sun while shedding last year's skin.
Basking, moulting Elephant seal, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

79. New waterproof plumage looking scale-like.
Waterproof plumage, King penguin, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

80. For their huge size, layers of floppy blubber, and stumpy flippers, these can rouse and move surprisingly quickly.
Elephant seal close-up, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

81. A couple of bulls vying for territorial supremacy. The beach-masters attract their harems, the losers go fishing on their own.
Bull Elephant seals challenging for territory, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

82. A bit of threat display - back off!
Don't mess with this Elephant seal, Gold Harbour by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

That's all from here. Next instalment Part 7 visits Cooper Bay. Watch for it.






Edited by Jozioau - 24 February 2023 at 01:57
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Great work Joe. I can never get enough from penguin shots, they look so cute. The seals look nice too, but i wouldn't get near one..
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I've seen an Attenborough programme showing penguins trying not to disturb the grumpy seals as they nogiate a route through. Nice mix of context shots and animal portraits.
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Alan, I just recently watched David Attenborough's "The Penguin King" on ABC TV, as well as its companion program "The making of the Penguin King". Made about 2 years ago and just now repeated here free to air and also viewable for a time on their streaming service iView. Most interesting to see both of them, starring the wildlife of South Georgia, and hard to believe our expedition were in that very spot and amongst it all only a few weeks ago.

We were briefed about how to deal with fur seals. They can come at you, and often make threatening noises or gestures as you come near. You have to stand your ground and make yourself look big - stand upright and possibly raise your arms over your head. They will then most likely back off. The worst reaction is to run away as they will then give chase and take a nip out of you. They move very fast.

As for Elephant seals, just give them a big berth.





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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Alan, I just recently watched David Attenborough's "The Penguin King" on ABC TV, as well as its companion program "The making of the Penguin King". Made about 2 years ago and just now repeated here free to air and also viewable for a time on their streaming service iView. Most interesting to see both of them, starring the wildlife of South Georgia, and hard to believe our expedition were in that very spot and amongst it all only a few weeks ago.

We were briefed about how to deal with fur seals. They can come at you, and often make threatening noises or gestures as you come near. You have to stand your ground and make yourself look big - stand upright and possibly raise your arms over your head. They will then most likely back off. The worst reaction is to run away as they will then give chase and take a nip out of you. They move very fast.

As for Elephant seals, just give them a big berth.





I have to see those programs. Can't get enough of this beautiful places and pictures.
...Did some of you get chased by some seal bull?...
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Stefano,
As I mentioned, we were instructed how to react to fur seals, and I did witness a few encounters where a seal would advance or lunge to make an threat towards an expeditioner, but in all cases when they stood their ground and held an arm up against the seal it would back down. I think there was one instance where someone turned and walked away and a seal took a nip at the back of a boot, but I didn't see it, and no harm was done. Those muck boots are very thick and strong.
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Wow, still impressive shots.
Thanks for taking us with you to those far away shores.
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Fascinating set Joe!
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