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Part IV of "Antarctica Wanderings"  continues with our exploration of South Georgia Island before we sail south to Antarctica

 

Fortuna Bay

A deeply cut valley filled with wildlife surrounded by tall majestic rugged mountains is what you see upon entering Fortuna Bay. This would be our 2nd visit to Fortuna Bay this trip, our first visit was to just drop off some hikers who wanted to experience the last leg of Shackleton's trek back to safety as he climbed over the mountain and glaciers to Stromness Harbor. It is described as 4 mile hike with 1,000 of elevation gain over a variety of surfaces such as tussac grass, gravel beds, boulders, snow and creeks over a glacier. On this visit we headed inland to a large King Penguin colony hiking over the relatively flat soft, spongie tundra which was covered in a layer of molted Penguin feathers. As we hiked in we stopped many times to photograph the many King Penguins as they headed back and forth from the Colony to the sea. 

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      As we hiked in towards the Colony we were met by a near constant comings and goings of small groups of Kings. Note the white feathers everywhere.

 

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      Good stuffing for a down pillow

 

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         Three Kings

 

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     A rare headless King Penguin

 

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        Calling her chick

 

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    The adults returning from the sea with food for their chicks have to first find their own chick among the thousands of look alikes spread across miles. 

 

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      They find their chicks by sound, hence a Penguin colony can be very noisy. When mom gets near with some food the chicks get very excited. 

 

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     Fur Seal with some King Penguins

 

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Shackleton's Last Leg

In a life boat, Ernest Shackleton and two of his men left Elephant Island off the coast of Antarctica and traveled for 14 days and 800 miles ending up in South Georgia at Fortuna Bay. Knowing roughly where they were from past adventures they set out with minimal supplies and equipment up and over the mountains in hopes of finding the whaling station at Stromness Harbor. After a grueling 36 hour journey over the mountains and across South Georgia they finally heard the whistle blow at the whaling station where the whalers there initially thought they were an undiscovered species of apes due to their hairy, unshaven beat-up, un-human appearance. What a shock it was for the whalers at Stromness Harbor to learn these men were Sir Ernest Shackleton and some of his crew who were feared dead after no word of their whereabouts for over 15 months. 

 

 

Stromness Harbor

As one enters the harbor you are struck by the sight of the many buildings and rusting remains of one of the larger old whaling stations. The Captain put the ship right up on the beach here making for a very short zodiac ride to shore. Due to the instability of the structures and the unpredictable high winds we were not allowed to wander too close to the buildings. As we landed on the beach we were greeted by quite a few male Fur Seals, some straggling Elephant Seals and of course Penguins. Most of the group headed inland to see a water fall and visit a Gentoo Penguin Colony, we opted to hang on the beach with the Elephant Seals and Fur Seals which were once hunted to near extinction. 

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        Gentoo Penguins greeting our ship

 

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           Elephant seals were aggressively hunted for their oil, and their numbers were once reduced to the brink of extinction. Fortunately, populations have rebounded under legal protections. It ironic to now see them breeding on the beach in front of the boilers once used to melt down their blubber.

 

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     Male Fur Seal on the run. The name seal is a bit of a misnomer as he is more closely related to Sea Lions which have external ear flaps and the ability to walk on all 4 limbs. True Seals don't have external ear flaps and the rear limbs are positioned backwards so they don't use their rear limbs as legs and move on land more like an inchworm. 

 

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              Beach master coming in full speed to stop an intruder looking to hit on his harem

 

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            Sex on the beach

 

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      Old whaling ship propellers 

 

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          Like I said earlier these guys have one main goal when on the beach

 

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            Blue-Eyed Shag coming in for a landing

 

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                Precision Photography -- We were on the beach at Stromness Harbor on South Georgia Island and Linda challenged me to get a shot of a fast flying Antarctic Tern inside the National Geographic Yellow Box logo.  Bingo, nailed it in a few minutes, got to love my Nikon D5

 

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              Sleeping Fur Seal up close

 

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Grytviken

Grytviken is the only place on South Georgia Island where anyone lives. It was the main whaling station on the island established in 1904 and closed in 1965. There is an active British Research Station here along with a little church, small museum, post office, several old partially sunken whaling vessels and maze of rusting structures and wooden buildings previously used (now abandoned) in the processing of whale meat, blubber and whale oil. There are about 2 dozen people who work and live here on a temporary contract basis. 

 

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                Overlooking the Grytviken Whaling Station

 

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           Old Whaling Ship at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

 

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      Looking out the small Museum's window

 

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           Gathering at Grytviken Cemetery for a special memorial service and whiskey toast to the “Boss” Ernest Shackleton at his grave site.

 

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          St Andrews Bay is another favorite spot, home to the largest breeding colony of King Penguins with over 200,000 pairs. The colony is nestled in a valley at the base of a glacier. In addition this is home to Gentoo Penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals.

 

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         King Penguin paradise, St Andrews Bay

 

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                                                          "He Saw / She Saw"
           Sometimes when Linda and I out shooting in the field we see the same thing but from a different angle

 

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                                                   "He Saw / She Saw"

 

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       Getting down low creates a unique photographic angle

 

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         Crossing the river is not always easy

 

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     After lunch the ship cruised a short distance to Prion Island where the giant Wandering Albatross breed. Magnificent sea birds, the largest on earth with 12 foot wing spans weighing in at 25lbs.  We were lucky to get permission to land here as very few are allowed to. It is so restricted that we must visit the island in several shifts to limit the number of people ashore at any one time. Once on shore we again had to transverse thru the Fur Seal maze on the beach to a wooden boardwalk and a 200 stair climb to the hill top for a viewing platform to see the Wandering Albatross chicks which are gigantic. The walkway was constructed by the South Georgia Govt to provide researchers access up the treacherous hillside to monitor the nesting sites.

      This walkway was built by the Researchers to access the Wandering Albatross nests

 

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              Wandering Albatross chick

 

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       Mating Brown Skuas

 

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             The gorgeous Snow Petrel

 

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           These nasty guys, Giant Petrels, are fighting over a seal carcass

 

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          Being chased off the carcass

 

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Headed South to Antarctica

Well now it's time to head south to Antarctica, and we are starting to see some ice. As we leave South Georgia we have a 2+ day sail to Elephant Island our first stop in Antarctica. This can often be a fairly rough sail as we head south and west into some of the stormiest seas on the planet. Since we picked up some extra time on the front end of the trip the Captain and Expedition Leader decided we could make a short stop at the remote South Orkney Islands for some zodiac exploration. Not many ships stop here as it's a bit out of the way and the last time this ship stopped here was about 10 years ago. The islands were discovered in 1821 by two sealers. Due to the strong winds upon our arrival the ship headed for the more protected Sandefjord Bay on Coronation Island the main island. We were met by some snowy, windy choppy seas, icebergs, some gorgeous scenery and a large colony of Chin Strap Penguins with 120,000 animals and a smaller group of Adelie Penguins.

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         Chin Strap & Adelie Penguins nesting along the rocky shoreline

 

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        Chin Strap Penguins

 

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          Chin Strap Penguin at Sandefjord Bay

 

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          Adelie Penguins and their fun personalities are one of our favorites.

 

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             Adelie Penguins at Sandefjord Bay

 

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          Chin Strap Penguins at Sandefjord Bay

            

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                 Chin Strap Penguins at Sandefjord Bay

 

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              NEXT STOP "The Land Of ICE", ANTARCTICA

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Stay tuned for my next blog installment of “Antarctica Wanderings V” where I will share images from the "Land of Ice", Antarctica our ultimate destination.

 

If you Missed "Antarctica Wanderings" Part III visit: South Georgia Island Part 1

 

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  (Part III of "Antarctica Wanderings" highlights South Georgia Island Part 1)

 

After our visit to the Falkland Islands our next landfall on the way to Antarctica was South Georgia Island and the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia Island is easily one of the most incredible places on the planet for its scenery and abundance of unusual wildlife.  It is a very remote crescent shaped island that is about 120 miles long and located about 1,000 miles south east of Cape Horn (tip of South America). The only way to get here is by boat as there are no landing strips, towns or hotels and it is too far from anywhere to come by helicopter. No large cruise ships allowed here and there is no permanent human population. It is a very rugged island with 9,000 foot peaks and Himalayan like typography interlaced by hundreds of glaciers. It has often been described as Switzerland meets the ocean. South Georgia was an British colony discovered by Captain Cook. It now has its own governing body located in Stanley, Falklands and is part of the United Kingdom. It is located below the Antarctic Convergence so its weather patterns are heavily influenced by Antarctica but unlike the very dry and desert environment of the Antarctic Continent (the driest continent) it gets 300- 360 days of precipitation with very actively changing and extreme weather patterns. It is common to experience katabatic winds of over 120 knots coming down over the tops of glaciers to the sea with almost no warning.            King Penguins, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by BillKing Penguins, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by BillKing Penguins, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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     A cold rainy morning at Gold Harbor, made for some challenging photography. 

 

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         A busy place, Gold Harbour Beach, South Georgia Island

 

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     A highlight for sure was our interactions with the Elephant Seal Weaners. All you had to do was find a curious fellow and sit down in the sand and the Weaner did all the rest. We are not allowed to touch them but if you sit quietly and leave it up to them, magical things sometimes happen.

 

South Georgia Island        

The government of South Georgia derives most of its income from issuing commercial fishing permits and from the roughly 6,000 tourists that make their way down here. On the island itself are two British research stations, a couple of research shacks / camps, a few emergency supply shacks and the remnants of old whaling stations from the early 1900s. Located at the Grytviken research station is the remains of a historic whaling station, a small museum, post office, a little church and conservation office. Also there is an old cemetery where Ernest Shackelton is buried.  

There are only a few people who live here with the 30 million sea birds and very large numbers of marine mammals such as Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Fur Seals with several varieties of Whales in the nearby waters. The marine mammals come here each spring and summer to give birth and mate before heading back to sea for the rest of the year. At the peak in Nov / Dec over 4 million Fur Seals will arrive. There are no indigenous terrestrial mammals and no trees but 25 types of small low lying plants along the coast. Like Antarctica, South Georgia is governed by IAATO, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators which establishes very rigorous rules and standards for any visitors. All visitors must receive a mandatory briefing and certification before stepping upon the island. In addition all of our outerwear (boots, jackets, hats, gloves, rain pants, tripods, walking sticks, backpacks, etc) must be decontaminated before each visit.   

 

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           A group of Prions shot in the rain from our Zodiac

 

 So why go here? The answer is: This is THE PLACE to go to experience the greatest density of wildlife on the planet; 7 million Penguins across 6 species, 95% of the world’s Antarctic Fur Seal population, 50% of the world’s Southern Elephant Seal population and over 250,000 Albatross across a variety of species to name just a few of the creatures who visit this remote place. 

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      A King Penguin Colony sprawling up the mountainside at Right Whale Bay

 

We made excellent progress crossing the Scotia Sea from the Falklands so we started our visit to South Georgia earlier than expected and our 1st visit will be to Elsehul & Right Whale Bays, two new places for Linda and I. Overall the weather today was miserable, temps in the high 30s with strong winds driving the rain sideways. But if you don't go outside you see anything and you never know if today will actually be better than tomorrow, so off we go every day regardless of conditions. At Elsehul Bay our zodiac plowed thru the choppy wind blown seas and driving rain while we explored the fog shrouded shoreline where we found some Fur Seals, sea birds and a Gentoo Penguin colony. In the afternoon we had our first shore landing in the driving rain at Right Whale Bay a small bay with stunning scenery and a small King Penguin colony interspersed with male Fur Seals claiming their territories for the breeding season. Small is a relative term here, when I say small penguin colony that means thousands of animals vs tens or hundreds of thousands. The windy, rainy conditions were pretty tough and this would be our weather conditions for the next several days and the next few days took a toll on a lot of guests as over a dozen cameras did not hold up to the wet conditions creating many equipment failures. Having said that some of our best shots are during inclement weather. Never the less we powered through several days of miserable weather only to be rewarded with a bunch of beautiful sunny blue-sky days for much of the rest of the trip.  

 

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               Grey Headed Albatross

 

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               Macaroni Penguins Headed back up the cliffs to their Eleshul Bay colony

 

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           Macaroni Penguins returning from a foraging trip

 

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             Fur Seals on beach at Eleshul Bay, shot from zodiac

 

Gearing Up

Each time we head out to a landing we need to gear up. It took us a few days to get it right but now we have our system down pat and can be ready in 15 minutes. The key is layering as the weather down here changes rapidly. We also need to make sure both our equipment and self are waterproof from head to toe, as we seem to encounter water in some way every day whether it be rain, mist, snow or ocean spray coming over the sides of the zodiac. While our trip started in the Falklands with temps in the mid 40s, in South Georgia we were often in the mid to high 30s and when we get to Antarctica we will mostly be in the high 20s and low 30s (we hope anyway).  In any case it often feels colder with the high winds and moisture. So each day on the bottom we don long underwear, covered by fleece pants and Gortex rain pants. Our uppers are the most variable depending on expected conditions and length of hikes, with the norm being a wicking type technical long sleeve shirt, under a cotton long sleeve shirt and maybe with a fleece vest or jacket. Over that we either use a Gortex type wind breaker (for the warmer Falklands) or the Lindblad supplied winter parka when it’s colder. Gloves are a personal item, I use thin light fleece gloves while Linda goes heavier with a liner and waterproof pair. Key is being able to work the controls on your camera. On our feet we wear hiking or ski type socks with hiking shoes (Linda often wears her Uggs) covered over with knee high water proof over shoes, along with our kneepads of course. Our feet are the most important as we always seem to be in the water, whether that be from the wet landings, shoreline surf or crossing streams, creeks and bogs. We keep our camera gear and other equipment in water proof backpacks and bags as water, in particular salt water is certain death to electronic components. We also carry giant zip lock bags for an emergency. A number of guests this trip are having camera equipment failures from the moisture.

 

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        Zodiac landing at Right Whale Bay

 

Zodiac Operations

Unless we are at a port city all excursions off the ship are via Zodiacs which enable us to access landings not available to other vessels. Traveling from ship to land via Zodiac is an experience in itself.  Each time we leave the ship we must wear a life jacket and check out with an electronic key card, one of two ways they make sure no one is left ashore. The Zodiacs pull up to the side of the ship and we step out of a hatch into them. This could be tricky and timing is critical, as the swells drop the zodiac up to 10 feet below you and as the waters rise you actually step up to get in.  In the environmental areas of South Georgia and Antarctica we decontaminate our boots as we leave the ship and rinse / hose down when we return. Once on shore we leave our life jackets in bins at the landing site so they can better account for us at departure. Since we left the Falklands all our landings have been wet in that the zodiacs are driven to shore and we need to jump out into shallow water on usually sandy or pebbly / rocky bottoms. The Zodiacs are about 18 feet long and carry 8-12 people. They usually pull into shore bow first but with waves or swells they might stern in first. Depending on conditions there will be between 2 and 8 staff in the water wearing chest wader’s to catch and secure the zodiac as we disembark. We then unload by always facing the seas watching the waves, than when the timing is right you swing your legs over the side hopping into the water with your gear. The staff of course will help anyone needing it. Getting back in is basically the process in reverse.  Most times this is not a problem but some landings can be both tricky and a bit crazy as the zodiac can get pummeled with waves while you are trying to get out or in. On occasion someone will fall in requiring a quick return to the ship.

 

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          King Penguin at Right Whale Bay, notice the seal skulls

 

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           "As I laid on the ground to shoot some Penguins I felt something pecking on my feet". It was a Snowy Sheathbill which we affectionately call a "Shitbill" as they are often found eating Seal and bird shit.

 

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        A large group of molting King Penguins huddling together in the rain

 

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           Got to love the breeding colors of King Penguins

 

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               Two King Penguins and a Snowy Sheathbill on beach at Right Whale Bay

 

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        A Trident to help push back the very aggressive Fur Seals

 

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        Male Fur Seal taking the high ground on a tussock

 

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       Click above photo to see video of Right Whale Bay King Penguin Colony

 

We were very excited when we heard our next South Georgia landing will be at Gold Harbour a place we have been several times on past trips. When I think Gold Harbour, I think of a relatively small bay, walled by spectacular snow covered mountains interlaced with glaciers fronted by a black lava sand beaches covered with groups or harems of thousands of breeding Southern Elephant Seals and a large breeding colony of King and Gentoo Penguins. Gold Harbour is one of the most scenic and amazing places on the planet. As we approached the shoreline it was clear this visit would be difficult, we were met with temperatures in the mid to high 30s F with high winds and constant rain, not the best conditions to be cruising in zodiacs and wandering the beaches and tussock grass covered mountain sides in search of awesome wildlife photographs but we persevered and got some good shots in spite of what was really a normal day in South Georgia. We luckily came back to Gold Harbor on our last day and were met with beautiful blue skies. 

 

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        Southern Elephant Seal bellowing to to chase a competitor away

 

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About King Penguins

Gold Harbor is a breeding rookery for King Penguins and since it is still early in the season many sub-adults were molting (shedding their feathers to grow a new coat) so it was not yet time to mate and lay eggs. In addition, the entire beach was covered with Okum Boys which are 9 month old King Penguin chicks born late last summer (Feb / March). They spend the winter here with their thick fluffy brown coats and will be ready to fledge and begin swimming before this coming winter. If they don’t mature by this time they are not able to survive a second winter and we saw evidence of this with many dead chicks along the beach. These chicks were originally thought to be a different species of birds since they look so different from the adults. In fact, they are even larger and heavier than the adults as they have had to fatten up to survive the winter. They can’t yet swim as their fluffy coats are not water proof. The source of their name Okum Boys goes back to the Whaling and Sealing days as young boys were hired to climb down into the hold of the whaling ships to install a mixture of Okum and horse hair between the ship’s wooden planks to seal the hull. When they came out they were all brown and looked tarred and feathered. These not so little pudgy Penguins are incredible to watch, they have a ton of personality. They usually gather together in huge crowds to stay warm and they have a real friendly and curious streak to them. All you need to do is sit down quietly near the group and several will wander over to check you out. They will walk right up to you and peck your boots or tripod. Then all of a sudden one would get all excited and run around flapping its wings, squawking, whistling, falling down or bumping into the others. You can watch them for hours as they make you constantly smile and laugh.

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       The young King Penguins have no fear of us and are very curious

 

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       Brown Skua has no fear

 

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        Gentoo Penguins taking to the surf

 

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       The Giant Petrel is a key predator in the Penguin Colony 

 

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        This Brown Skua seemed to like it's reflection in Linda's camera lens

 

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      Elephant Seal pups known as weaners. These guys are fully weaned by their mom within 3 weeks then left to fend on their own.

 

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       Mom with her chick

 

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To our surprise and delight due to the time we gained by flying into the Falklands vs sailing we will return to Gold Harbour on our last morning in South Georgia and be met with beautiful morning light and sunny blue skies, an amazing contrast from today. But I'm actually liking some of our rainy day photos better.

 

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           King Penguins returning from a fishing trip emerging from the surf onto Gold Harbour Beach

 

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         A big bull on the move to protect his harem

 

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      Elephant Seal pups known as weaners, play fighting  

 

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          These pups can almost speak to you with their amazingly big eyes

 

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      This young male doesn't yet have his own harem, but has some battle scars from attempts to win one

 

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   The Sights & Sounds of Gold Harbor, Click this link for Youtube video:  Linda's Gold Harbor Video

 

About Elephant Seals

There are two species of elephant seals, the Northern and Southern. Most of us are familiar with the Northern Elephant Seals found in California and Baja California, and while we think these guys are big they are nothing compared to their Southern cousins. Southern Elephant Seals live in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters that feature brutally cold conditions but are rich in the fish, squid, krill, and other marine foods these seals enjoy. Southern Elephant Seals breed on land but spend their winters in the frigid Antarctic waters near the Antarctic pack ice. Unlike their somewhat smaller cousins in the North, Southern Elephants are the largest of all seals, males can be over 20 feet long and weigh up to 8,800 pounds, the size of pickup trucks. Females while large grow to about 12 feet and can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. These massive pinnipeds aren't called Elephant Seals because of their size, they take their name from their trunklike inflatable snouts.

 

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     In late Aug / Sept the male Elephant Seals arrive on the beach to claim a territory, then they mostly lay around on the beach for a month or so not eating just guarding his territory from other males and hoping to collect a harem of 15 to 50 females.  He spends his days and nights guarding his women and trying to mate as many times as he can. The constant fighting, defending of territories and mating is exhausting for them so the dominate males are usually the biggest and strongest of the all. The males battle each other almost constantly for mating dominance. Some encounters end with roaring and aggressive posturing, but many others turn into violent and bloody battles.

 

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     We called these big beach master males "Harvey", as sexual harassment seemed to be their main preoccupation

 

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        One way to cool down and avoid sunburn is to cover yourself with sand

 

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              Always very curious checking out our stuff, right before he knocked over the camera

     

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     Click above photo for video:  Linda’s Elephant Seal Encounter

You would never guess that sitting on the beach in the rain when it’s a chilly 37 degrees could be a fun experience. Well sometimes that can happen on the magical beaches of South Georgia Island.

             

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    These big guys move surprisingly fast and silently. They are not aggressive to us at all, but when one of them wants to go from A to B you better not be in their way or they will run right over you

 

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            Close call, you always need to be watching behind you.

 

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Elephant seals migrate in search of food, spending months at sea and often diving deep to forage. They have been known to dive to over 7,800 feet below sea level and stay down for over an hour, an amazing feat of physiology for a mammal. The females arrive in Sept / Oct to give birth and mate before heading back out to sea. The mothers suckle their young for only 2-3 weeks during which they put on about 20 pounds per day due to the incredibly high fat content of the milk. While suckling their young, females do not eat—both mother and child live off the energy stored in ample reserves of her blubber.  

 

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      Are these guys cute or what?

 

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        A male Elephant Seal surrounded by the females of his harem. Our ship the National Geographic Explorer in the background

 

Godthul Harbour was another new spot for us with it's glacial head wall forming a natural cliff amphitheater. We did some zodiac cruising here and found a large variety of sea birds

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       Blue-Eyed Shag, is a type of Cormorant

 

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       The Kelp Gull is the only Gull found here

 

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       We sometimes had a hard time maneuvering in the zodiac due all the kelp

 

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        Male Fur Seal, during breeding season these guys are very territorial and can be vicious

 

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          Female Fur Seals are much smaller than the males

 

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      Side by side one can easily see the sexual dimorphism of male and female Fur Seals

 

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         This cute little South Georgia Pintail Duck is actually a carnivorous duck, don't get too close

 

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        Fur Seal with nursing pup only a few days old. Notice how much bigger the males are

 

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  The South Georgia Pipit, the southernmost songbird has had an amazing comeback. Back in 2011 when we were last here this bird was facing near extinction and was only found on a few out islands. There are no trees in South Georgia so the Pipit like most birds here nest on the ground. As a result their population on the main islands was decimated by invasive rats introduced to the island back in the whaling days. Six ago an ambitious project was launched to rid the entire island of rats. The largest project of its kind ever attempted and now there are Pipits popping up everywhere as the rats have been exterminated. The Project was an amazing success. Back in 2011 we made a donation by purchasing several 6 hectors of land for rat eradication, it was nice to return and hear about the success of the project.  

 

Hercules Bay is a nice protected bay and a good spot to see the hardy little Macaroni Penguins as they emerge from the sea and make their way high up the rocky cliffs to their colony in the tussock covered slope overlooking the bay. The high seaside cliffs here make a good spot for many other species of birds that breed in the area. Overhead one will see gulls, Terns and Light-Mantled Albatross. Being a fjord there was no place for us to land as the coastline was sheer cliffs. So this morning’s activity was a zodiac cruise around the fjord taking in the sights. 

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      Hercules Bay seems to be favorite place for the hardy little Macaroni Penguins, in spite of the steep rugged shoreline

 

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          Macaroni Penguins

 

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      Light-Mantled Albatross nest high in the cliffs and perform a mating ritual where the male and female take to the skies for a synchronized acrobatic flight, its beautiful to watch. 

 

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      Snow Petrel over the ship's bow

 

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         Black Browed Albatross

 

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          Snow Petrel

    

             Risting tidewater Glacier in Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia

 The ship headed to the protected Drygalski Fjord, with its tall steep cliff walls and narrow waterway, it's a beautiful and classic fjord setting. We sailed deep into the fjord which dead ends at Risting Glacier the largest coastal glacier in South Georgia. Shortly after this photo was taken there was a deep rumble as a “Shooter” emerged from the sea. A "Shooter" (at least in Antarctica) is the calving of a Glacier from under the sea, creating an iceberg that lunges to the surface like a giant cork spreading ice chunks everywhere and creating a wave.

         Click above photo to see video of a small Shooter  

 

   Don't miss our next blog installment of “Antarctica Wanderings IV” where I continue to share images in Part 2: South Georgia Island Part 2

 

 

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 (Part II of "Antarctica Wanderings" highlights the Falkland Islands as we sail to Antarctica)      Photos by Bill & Linda Klipp

 

 Our “Antarctica Wanderings” Blog takes you on our 3rd journey to “Terra Australis Incognita” (the "Unknown Land of the South") starting in the Falkland Islands then to the amazing shores of South Georgia Island and ultimately to the Great White Continent aboard the National Geographic Explorer. This Chapter is Part 2 of a 4 Part Series.

 

The alarm rang at 5:30am in our Santiago Chile hotel room, it was time to gather our stuff and grab a bite before heading to the airport for our 3 hour charter flight to Stanley the capital of the Falkland Islands. Not normally a morning person this will now be our normal wake up time for the next 3+ weeks as we begin our photographic adventure to "Terra Australis Incognita”.

Unbeknownst to us, our flight was a bit touch and go as we were on the first passenger charter flight allowed to transport over Argentine airspace to the Falklands since the Falklands war of 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falklands only to be crushed by the British. Normally to get to the Falklands ships embark from Ushuaia Argentina for a nearly 500 mile 2 day journey at sea. By flying in to meet our ship in Stanley we essentially picked up 2 days to explore other areas, a big score for us. When we landed it was clear we were not the usual visitors as we landed on a British military base. As we marched across the tarmac a few guests pulled out their smart phones to record their first visit to the Falklands but they were quickly put upon and sternly told “NO PHOTOS” as we were hustled inside the terminal. After some paperwork we loaded into a bus for a 45 minute bouncy dirt/gravel road ride to Stanley where we spent the afternoon before embarking on the ship for the beginning of our adventure.

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     Whale bone arch near church in Stanley

 

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        It's clear the British are here

 

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         The locals still harbor very strong feelings about Argentina

 

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      Those who gave their lives for the liberation are remembered

 

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          Remnants of the 1982 Falklands War can be found scattered about the island. In fact several beaches and other areas are closed off due to unrecovered mines 

 

The Falklands

Is located in the Southern Ocean east of southern Argentina and is treeless relatively flat archipelago made up of 778 islands. The landscape is very rocky and consists chiefly of low undulating hilly terrain covered with a mixture of pasture and morass. At a similar latitude to the northern part of the UK the weather is similar to Ireland or Scotland and can best described as always changing with nearly constant winds. During our visit temps were around 40’F with light rain and heavy mist most of the time making hiking a bit sloppy and photography somewhat challenging. Our brief afternoon visit to Stanley will be our last time seeing a town or settlement till our return to Ushuaia Argentina in 3 weeks. One couple was frantically shopping in the sparse Stanley shops as their luggage was lost by the airlines and they will not see it again till after the trip, what a bummer. I think I would have freaked out. After some lunch and a walk-about thru Stanley we headed to the ship eager to sail to our first destination; the wildlife rich areas of the West Falkland Islands. Upon arrival at the ship we were pleased to see we would be led by the very experienced Captain Olivia Kruess who we have sailed with many times. Also on board we found many familiar faces among the staff and crew, felt like being home again. To our delight due to our frequent traveler status with Lindblad / Nat Geo we were upgraded to our choice of the nicest cabin on the ship. A rear suite like cabin with a large outdoor balcony and large wrap around windows to watch the wonders of nature constantly unfold before our eyes.

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     We lucked out, our home for the trip, not too shabby

 

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     Our rear balcony provided for some excellent viewing and photographic opportunities

 

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   We landed on Carcass Island in fog and a light drizzle. While the conditions were challenging for photography it made for some nice diffused light

 

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     Upon landing on Carcass Island some headed over to the owner's farm house for some tea and cakes 

 

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        A classic Falklands landscape scene

 

 Tomorrow we hit the shoreline of Carcass and West Point Islands known for their Penguin and Albatross colonies as well as a variety of other wildlife. From here on out we will never see another pier or dock again, all our excursions will be by Zodiac onto sandy or rocky shorelines where you carefully time your leap from the zodiac between waves into hopefully shallow cold icey water to make your way ashore. Here in the Falklands there are more sheep than people and many of the smaller islands have been owned and farmed by families since the 1800s. Our time here will be spent hiking across a rolling terrain of mostly wet muddy, spongy moors and areas of deep tussac grass.  While the Falklands get less than 25 inches of rainfall a year it seems to always be wet. There seems to be a light rain, mist or fog all the time and our visit was not different with a light rain coming and going the entire time. Our normal gear for here and the rest of the trip was to dress in layers, always with a water proof outer layer and rain gear for the cameras as the weather we will encounter will be in a constant and sometimes rapid state of flux. Our focus (pun intended) here will be to photograph the many species of birds in their natural habitat.

 

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       Long Tailed Meadowlark

 

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       Black Throated Wren

 

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         A pair of Rudy Headed Geese and their gaggle of Goslings

 

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        Rudy Headed Geese

 

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          The rare and endemic Cobb's Wren

 

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      The Long Tailed Meadowlark is also know as the Military Starling

 

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         Blackish Oyster Catcher

 

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           Magellanic Oyster Catcher

 

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    Magellanic Penguin with nesting material for its underground burrow. This is the first of the 6 Penguin species we will encounter

 

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      Caracara (aka Johnny Rook). These guys seemed everywhere often causing trouble. They are very mischievous often times stealing things from humans

 

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      These Caracara would fight constantly over this found treasure

 

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           Caracara (aka Johnny Rook)

 

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       Tussock Bird

 

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       A pair of Upland geese with their Gosling

 

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      Vulture, one ugly bird

       

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          Crested Duck

 

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         Crested Duck

 

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        Black Browed Albatross and Rockhopper Penguin Colony

 

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         Black Browed Albatross on their pedestal nests

 

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       Black Browed Albatross in a mating ritual

 

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       Black Browed Albatross coming in for a landing

 

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       Black Browed Albatross preening

 

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        Little Rockhopper Penguins often nest together with Albatross

 

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             Rockhopper Penguins on an Albatross nest with an abandoned egg

 

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       Like many of the creatures we will encounter on this trip they have no fear of humans

 

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         A pair of Kelp Geese

 

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        Male Kelp Goose

 

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          Female Kelp Goose

 

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       The Ship's chef picked up 15 lamb from the farm for a variety of yummy dishes

 

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        I guess this vulture got a lamb treat

 

The Scotia Sea

For the next 2 days we will call the often-rough Scotia Seas our home as we sail the nearly 900 miles southeast to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands known as one of the most amazing places on the planet for up close wildlife encounters. This route has us avoiding the dreaded Drakes Passage on the way down although we have plenty of others big seas to contend with. Our days at sea were interspersed with lectures and presentations about the region’s natural history and ecology by the Ship’s Naturalists, Scientists and some special guests from National Geographic, US Arctic Research Commission and NOAA. We were even treated to some talks by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan a veteran astronaut and the first woman to walk in space, very interesting stuff. We also had to undergo a Decontamination Party where all our boots, packs, gear and outer clothing was carefully examined, vacuumed and decontaminated to avoid us accidently introducing and invasive foreign species to the pristine world we were about to visit. From here on out every time we left the ship for land we would wash, scrub and decontaminate our boots and pants. This process was taken very seriously.

 

Drake Passage, Southern Ocean Antarctica Photos by Bill KlippDrake Passage, Southern Ocean Antarctica Photos by Bill KlippCape Petrel or Pintado Petrel, Drake Passage, Southern Ocean, Antarctica Photos by Bill Klipp

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          A Cape Petrel (aka Pintado Petrel) following our ship

 

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      Prion gliding between the waves

 

As we head south between 50-60 degrees south latitude we cross the Antarctic Convergence or Polar Front an undulating well defined line of clear temperature change often marked by a belt of fog or mist. This is a unique front where warmer more saline surface currents headed south from the tropics collide with the cold, denser and mainly non-saline waters moving north from Antarctica. As these conflicting currents collide, mix and sink it creates a very productive environment for plankton which provides nourishment for huge numbers of marine mammals and sea birds. For those willing to brave the wind, cold and ship's rocking and rollin out on deck you can watch a seemingly constant trail of various pelagic sea birds following the ship (Albatross, Petrels, Terns and others) as they glide between the waves.

 

Drakes Passage, Southern Ocean Antarctica Photos by Bill KlippDrakes Passage, Southern Ocean Antarctica Photos by Bill KlippSouthern Giant Petrel or Pintado Petrel, Drakes Passage, Southern Ocean, Antarctica Photos by Bill Klipp

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     Northern Giant Petrel, notice the tubular nostrils used to rid their body of excess salt  

 

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           Prion with two Cape Petrels cruising behind our ship

 

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          Southern Fulmar 

 

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       Wandering Albatross have the largest wingspan of any bird at 10-12 feet 

 

Our ship the National Geographic Explorer is a 367 foot, ice hardened, 148 passenger expedition ship. Originally designed as a Norwegian ferry, the ship was significantly modified and steel re-enforced to obtain a top level ice class. Unlike ice breakers which ride up onto the ice to breakthrough this ship is designed for cutting thru several feet of sea ice with it's bow. 

                     Click above photo to see video taken in Antarctic Sound     

     Cruising through the ice, see how the Ship's bulbous bow cuts through the ice. Notice the yellowish water under some of the ice, it's krill and other very small sea creatures that live just under the ice

   
 

For the most part our time at sea as been fairly calm but it wouldn't be a trip to the Southern Ocean without some rocking and rolling. The ship has stabilizers which can be deployed in open ice free seas to moderate the Ship's rolling in heavy seas. They help alot, but when its rough its rough. The first sign of rough seas to come is seeing the safety ropes being set up around the ship. The next sign is the rocking, rolling and slamming of the ship against the waves. All the chairs in the dining area are chained to the floor to avoid them flying about. It's a real plus to be on a Ship with an open Bridge policy so you can wander up to the Bridge anytime day or night to see what the Captain is up to.

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         Safety ropes in the Bistro, a tell tale sign of things to come  

 

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        Shot from the Ship's Bridge as we plow thru 15-20 foot seas with 40 mph winds.  Looks pretty cool, but you got to hope you took your meds in time

 

                     Click above photo to see video taken in the Weddell Sea

          Captain Olivia Kruess provides some perspective from the Bridge

        

Stay tuned for my next blog installment “Antarctica Wanderings III” where we will share images and commentary about South Georgia Island, one of the most amazing wildlife destinations on the planet

Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlipGold Harbour, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlipElephant Seals, Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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      Giant Southern Elephant Seals battling at Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island 

 

   If you Missed "Antarctica Wanderings" Part I visit: The L16 Light Camera in Antarctica      

 

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   (Part I of our recent Wanderings in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica)

              All photos in this blog were shot with the L16 Light Camera

 

I was very excited when UPS delivered a package in early Nov that I had been anticipating for just over 2 years. In it was my new L16 Light Camera and it arrived a week before we were headed down to the Falkland Islands, remote South Georgia Island and Antarctica for a 3+ week Photo Expedition. On the trip I took over 8,000 images of which 500 were on the L16 and the L16 performed generally very well although with some limitations. This Blog is part I of my Antarctic Wanderings trip Blog and Focuses (pun intended) on the revolutionary L16 Light Camera

 

So some might ask what is a L16 Light Camera?  It’s basically the first multi-aperture computational pocket camera. Which means the camera has 16 different lenses (and 16 individual sensors ) each with varying focal lengths. Given the array of lenses with different focal lengths the camera has a 5x optical zoom from 28mm to 150mm. The camera uses sophisticated algorisms to combine multiple exposures into a single high-resolution image equivalent to a 52 megapixel camera. It produces Jpegs and very high res huge DNG raw files (up to 200mbs each). Although the camera has 256 gigs of internal solid state memory, I guess it's time for more hard drive space. With multiple sensors it handles low light well and amazingly allows for changes of depth of field and focusing point after the fact in post. This is obviously Version 1.0, but since the camera has wifi and is software driven the company has been frequently pumping out updates with new features. Image workflow is a bit more complicated and cumbersome since you must first download photos from the Camera into a propriety software program called Lumen. This is where the magic occurs. Lumen stitches, fuses or overlays images from 10+ lenses using sophisticated algorisms to create a single very high-resolution image. The program also has other basic photo editing features such as exposure, saturation, contrast and other controls. You can then export a Jpeg or huge DNG raw file to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop or other 3rd party photo editing program for final adjustments (https://light.co/technology ).

       The L16 Light Camera was used for all photos in this blog, notice the 16 separate lenses

 

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         Our home while on the trip, the National Geographic Explorer, Enterprise Islands, Antarctica  

        L16 ---  75mm, ISO113, f15, 1/8,000sec, +.3evs, handheld 

 

Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippFortuna Bay, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippKing Penguin Colony at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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             Majestic King Penguins, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island        

            L16 ---   150mm, ISO101, f7, 1/6,000sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

        National Geographic Explorer navigates thru the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

       L16 ---   28mm, ISO104, f15, 1/40sec, +.75evs, handheld   

 

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         Adelie Penguin, Enterprise Islands, Antarctica

        L16 ---   34mm, ISO106, f14, 1/7,100sec, +.3evs, handheld 

 

This would be our 3rd trip down to the ICE and the Great White Continent. Talk about good timing, I'm glad I had a week to play with my new adult toy before we hit the high seas for some serious wildlife and nature photography. My hope as you read my trip Blog you might find some helpful L16 tips and the Light Company might find some helpful product development ideas.

 

            Emperor Penguin, Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

           L16 ---   150mm, ISO105, f12, 1/2,600sec, +.75evs, handheld 

 

         Icebergs Danco Island, Antarctica

        L16 ---   28mm, ISO107, f15, 1/6,000sec, +.75evs, handheld 

 

          Elephant Island pano, Where Ernest Shackleton's Expedition landed. Image stitched with four L16 488mb photos which pushed the limits of my computer's processing capability

           L16 ---   28mm, ISO100, f15, 1/2,200sec, +.00evs, handheld 

 

Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippGold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippSouthern Elephant Seal pup, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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        Southern Elephant Seal pup, South Georgia Island 

       L16 ---   35mm, ISO320, f7, 1/2,500sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

By way of background my wife and I have been very serious wildlife photographers for about 20 years. We spend 3-4 months a year on photo expeditions to places like Africa, Alaska, Arctic, Galapagos, Baja, Central & South America and Antarctica to name a few. We are Nikon shooters and my current weapons of choice are a Nikon D5, D4 and D750. We also always carry what I like to call a pocket camera such as a Nikon mirrorless V1 or Coolpix P7700  to use when we don’t want to lug around the heavy artillery. When I first read about the L16 Light Camera back in 2015 I had no illusion that it would replace my top of the line pro-level DSLR. I rather thought it would be the ultimate pocket camera retiring the advanced compact cameras we also use and as a major step up from a smart phone.

I was attracted by the high resolution, low light potential and optical zoom range. I never believed and my 3 week field test in Antarctica confirmed that such a device no matter how sophisticated could replace a pro DSLR with good glass, but for me that was never the objective or expectation. As a wildlife photographer my primary camera needs are: Focusing speed, shooting speed (FPS), low light performance, resolution and almost most importantly a user interface that allows me to instantly change camera settings using just muscle memory. My Nikon D5 delivers all that and more at 12fps, ISO capability up to a ridiculous 3million, 4k video and a form factor with lots of external buttons and dials to quickly access and adjust camera settings. Any camera which requires menu surfing to change settings does not work for action photography such as sports or wildlife. Unfortunately its this last factor of buttons and dials which ultimately results in a bulky heavy piece of equipment.  The L16 is a menu driven device, with virtually no physical buttons / dials, minimal camera controls, slow to startup, slow to shoot, no video (currently) and minimal camera shooting info / feedback (ie playback histograms). As a result its currently not a very good camera for action photography. Never the less as you will see from some of my images that with a variable resolution of up to 52 megapixels, optical zoom from 28-150mm and good low light performance it is pretty awesome for landscape, portrait and other types of photography. Add with the ability to modify depth of field (from f15 to f2) and focusing point after the fact in post this device is just amazing. So while not a DSLR killer this is truly a revolutionary step in still photography and this is just camera version 1.0.  

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     Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

    This image and next are same image processed in Lumen at f15 for front to back sharpness then next at f2 to soften background. I then brought it into Lightroom for some basic raw file processing.

         L16 ---   28mm, ISO100, f15, 1/2,200sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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     Notice background softness when the same image is processed in Lumen at f2 (vsf15) with focus point on face and the same basic processing in Lightroom.

         

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        Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island 

      Focus point on foreground wooden post in Lumen to reduce depth of field in background. The same photo is below but with the focus point shifted to the background structure

       L16 ---   28mm, ISO101, f4.8, 1/1,150sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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            Same photo as above but with focus point moved in Lumen to background structure vs post

 

THE TRIP

Our journey started with a short stop in Santiago Chile before flying south east to Stanley the capital of the Falkland Islands where we would embark on the National Geographic Explorer for our photo exhibition. We spent several days sailing around the Falklands landing on different islands exploring the local wildlife and visiting Penguin and Albatross colonies. Here the L16 was not of much use as the weather was in the low 40s and mostly rainy. Our DSLRs are weather sealed reasonably well and with camera raincoats and sunshades covering the lens glass we did okay in the challenging wet conditions although a number of our fellow travelers had some significant camera failures due to water early in the trip. Unfortunately the L16 sat out this part of the trip. But when we got the South Georgia Island the weather was beautiful and out came the L16.

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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        Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island   

       L16 ---  36mm, ISO100, f15, 1/1,400sec, +.0evs, handheld 

        

       I found the added capability of being able to adjust depth of field and focus point after the fact in post was both a blessing and a curse, causing me to spend more time in post production as there are a infinite number of ways to view the photo.

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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         Old Whaling Ship at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island   

        L16 ---  28mm, ISO100, f14, 1/2,200sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

       While the Lumen program has some basic post processing functions such as temp, contrast, vibrance, saturation, exposure and sharpening, I choose to do all my processing in Lightroom which is much more familiar to me at this stage. 

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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        Whale oil steam boilers at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

       So what would you choose to do with this image? Render at f15 or f2 or in between? Where would you put your focus point, on the right, left or middle boiler? I choose f5 and focused on boiler #2. This is what I meant about the blessing or curse.  

       L16 --- 54mm, ISO100, f15, 1/500sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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       Old Whaling Ships at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

      L16 ---  28mm, ISO102, f15, 1/1,800sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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        Old Whaling Ship at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

       L16 --- 28mm, ISO103, f15, 1/1,800sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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           The Petrel an old Whaling Ship at Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

          L16 ---  28mm, ISO101, f9.4, 1/750sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

Grytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippGrytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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       Chin Strap Penguin checking out Museum, Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia Island

      Choose f5.3 in post to slightly soften background  

      L16 ---  28mm, ISO100, f5.3, 1/1,500 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

In prep for the trip I searched for a practical way to carry and protect my L16 while in the field. The camera case that came with it while nice looking is of little practical use mainly since it has no attachment mechanisms such as a simple belt loop and it can’t accommodate an L16 wearing a rubber bumper. Removing the bumper each time you want to use the case is simply not very practical or useful, so I left my case home and have yet to use it. While I initially didn’t like the bumper as it added bulk to the camera and made tripod mounting challenging it grew on me and I believe to be critically important to protect the front and back glass of the camera while laying flat on any surface. I did not use the stick-on glass protector sheets as I have not had good experiences with them in the past on cameras and smart phones. My main solution to protecting the L16 was to get a very basic Micro Fiber sack/ pouch, like those used to protect ski goggles, its an excellent way to just cover your L16 in a coat pocket, fanny pack or camera bag. They also easily covers the L16 with a bumper on. Its lightweight, compact, works well as a glass / lens cleaner and provides some basic scratch protection. In Antarctica I basically kept the L16 in my coat side pocket in it's micro fiber sack, very practical and useful. Light Co. should consider shipping L16s with one.  

 

          A basic and simple solution, a Micro Fiber pouch is an excellent way to provide basic protection for the L16

 

          Lodged in the Fast Ice where we were able to walk out on the frozen sea water at Wilhelmina Bay, Antarctica

          L16 ---  28mm, ISO110, f15, 1/10,000 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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          Lodged in the Fast Ice at Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

          Recognizing that the L16 has variable resolution depending on focal length I tried to avoid certain focal lengths such as 60-69mm, opting for wider or longer such as 70mm+ to maximize resolution. Something to be mindful of.  

          L16 ---  35mm, ISO107, f15, 1/6,000 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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       Gentoo Penguin and the National Geographic Explorer, Brown Bluff, Antarctica 

      L16 ---  95mm, ISO108, f15, 1/5,000 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

           Brown Base, Argentine Base Station, Paradise Harbour, Antarctica

           L16 ---  60mm, ISO100, f14, 1/7,100 sec, +.0evs, handheld  

 

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       Southern Elephant Seals & King Penguins, Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island

      L16 ---   74mm, ISO100, f108, 1/1,500 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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       Southern Elephant Seals & King Penguins, Gold Harbour, South Georgia Island 

      L16 ---  28mm, ISO105, f15, 1/4,500 sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

My Approach...

             to using the L16 whether on the ship, bouncing around in a zodiac or while on land in the field was to keep it in its sack in my jacket pocket. I sometimes kept it in a small dry bag in my pocket if I thought we might get some weather or have a wild and wet zodiac ride. I used it to mainly to shoot scenic shots, landscapes, portraits or stationary / slow moving wildlife. All of my images were hand held and I used auto mode for 95% of my shots. I normally shoot aperture priority for 98% of my photography but since the default effective aperture of L16 photos is around f15 every image starts out with a very deep depth of field which can then be changed in the Lumen software, very cool. On this trip I mostly used auto mode vs manual on the L16 although I used exposure compensation extensively. I avoided manual shooting for a few main reasons. I am still new on the learning curve for how to use the camera and in the field on this trip I didn’t have time to fiddle with settings. Separately I was very pleased with the battery life, never had an issue.

Impt Issues: The font sizes on the screen for camera settings etc is a hard to read without my reading glasses, bigger fonts or the ability to increase their size w/b a good enhancement.  Most significantly the glass on the rear LCD screen is highly reflective and sometimes nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight. In certain outdoor lighting conditions I sometimes found it near impossible to even see what I was shooting and very hard to properly place the focal point in the image. This was a real drawback in the field. Particularly problematic for wildlife photography where you often want the sun behind you. Not sure how to mitigate this. It would also be nice to be able to see a histogram in playback or live view to better manage proper exposure. In any case I took over 500 images on the L16 during the trip and was very pleased with the results. I actually held back shooting somewhat as I was concerned about memory. Early in the trip Light Co. issued a firmware update for the camera and a significant one for the Lumen desktop software. While on the ship we had very limited internet connectivity so while I was able to update the camera firmware I was not able to update Lumen. As a result I was not able download images from the camera or see them with full processing. I must say I had a number of back and forth emails with Light Co. Customer Support and found them to be both very helpful and responsive. One aha was that the L16 has a number of apps like a smart phone and one of them is an internet browser which was essential to be able to login to the ship’s network which like hotels can sometimes be much more complicated than just inputting a password.  I would suggest to Light Co. that the app section would be a good place to download a copy of the Camera manual or even tutorials. Currently one needs to be online to see the manual. I would also suggest Light Co. take a look at the Gnarbox another new innovative photo and video storage device that is able to store, share and edit photos and videos in the field without a laptop in a form factor a little bigger than a deck of playing cards. Linking the L16 with a Gnarbox would be a real powerful and innovative pairing.

 

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       The Governoren Factory Whaling Ship, wrecked 1915,   Enterprise Islands, Antarctica     

      L16 ---  35mm, ISO116, f15, 1/2,000sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

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           Enterprise Islands, Antarctica 

          L16 ---  28mm, ISO103, f15, 1/7,100sec, +.3evs, handheld 

 

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             The Governoren Factory Whaling Ship, wrecked 1915,   Enterprise Islands, Antarctica             

             L16 ---  86mm, ISO107, f15, 1/8,000 sec, +.7evs, handheld          

 

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             Enterprise Islands, Antarctica    

           L16 ---  34mm, ISO110, f15, 1/8,000sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

       Gentoo Penguins, Neko Harbour, Antarctica

       L16 ---  60mm, ISO100, f13, 1/3,000 sec, +.7evs, handheld     

 

         Icebergs, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

        L16 ---   28mm, ISO114, f14, 1/120sec, +.75evs, handheld   

 

        Captain Oliver guiding the National Geographic Explorer into the rock wall to lodge it instead of anchoring, Paradise Harbour, Antarctica

        L16 ---   32mm, ISO114, f14, 1/10,000sec, +.00evs, handheld 

 

         Lowering the Zodiacs in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica

        L16 ---   34mm, ISO110, f15, 1/6,000sec, +.00evs, handheld 

     

 

         Icebergs in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica

        L16 ---   28mm, ISO114, f15, 1/10,000sec, +.00evs, handheld 

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            King Penguins, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island          

           L16 ---  70mm, ISO 110, f15, 1/8,000sec, +.0evs, handheld 

 

                Me & My L16  (photo not shot with the L16)

  Overall I am very impressed by this first generation highly innovative camera, I’m also impressed by the company’s responsiveness to suggestions and their speed at continually updating and improving this very innovative new approach to photography. Now that I’m back from the Land of ICE I'll be looking forward to using and pushing the L16 further. As an early endorsement we already ordered a second one so my wife can experience this revolutionary camera and approach to photography. I plan order up some large format prints from our trip as I was very impressed with the L16’s resolution and level of detail.

 

Post Script

Serious photography is like a craft and true craftsmen have an array of tools in their toolbox. The camera is the Photographer’s tool to capture light and like all craftsmen the serious photographer will have a number of tools in their tool chest. The notion that there is one best camera for a serious photographer is a bit silly, just like the notion that there is one best camera bag, how many of you have searched for that and now have a closet full of camera bags?  Those who obsess about comparing cameras using performance graphs, counting pixels, worrying about micro-contrast nuanaces and other technical specifications often miss the point of the craft. Don’t get me wrong, specs and performance certainly matter but too many reviewers seem to obsess on the technicals and forget the basic notion that the best camera is the one you actually carry with you.

As a craftsman I have a many tools in my toolbox each of which I look to for a given task. My smart phone is always with me and its small and convenient, but sometimes I prefer to use my GoPro for video, stills or underwater, sometimes my little Brinno time lapse camera is the right tool for time lapse sequences that may extend for days, weeks or months, other times I might grab my advanced point and shoot as the best tool for the task or when looking for a different perspective I might use a drone, my prosumer DSLR is often my weapon of choice or when I’m in the field on a real serious photo expedition my big heavy pro DSLR can’t be beat. When traveling I often bring 4-5 of these tools with me as they make me a better Craftsman.

 So when I think about the new innovative L16 light camera the question I ask is where does it fit in my toolbox? What role does it play in my craft? What are it’s strengths and weaknesses, how does it advance my mastery of the Craft? I don’t waste my time as some do comparing every technical element of the camera against all others in the marketplace. Frankly I find that silly since we live in a time of raging technological advances and before one finishes their comparative analysis another newer product has popped up in the marketplace. So as a serious photographer I only care about how each tool fits into my toolbox and advances my craft.

POST SCRIPT:   A few more L16 shots from the trip

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        King Penguins at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island

 

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       Pano of Elephant Island, Antarctica   (four horizontal images stitched together)

 

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      Leaving the very picturesque Paradise Harbour

 

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      Bringing the zodiacs around, Enterprise Islands, Antarctica

 

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       Today is a perfect day to kayak in Antarctica

 

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         Gentoo Penguin returning from sea and headed back to the nest, at Neko Harbour, Antarctica


 

 

To see Part II of our “Antarctica Wanderings Blog” visit: "First Stop; The Falklands:

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  Fantasy Fest 2017 Wanderings Part II .............

                    Join me as we “Wander” through 10 days of Fantasy Fest 2017 as:                                                                                                "Time Travel Unravels”

This is our 18th year celebrating Fantasy Fest so “WANDER” with us as we navigate our way EACH DAY through the dozens of Wild and Crazy times of Fantasy Fest 2017

My Fantasy Fest Wanderings Blog will evolve as Fantasy Fest week unfolds, so come back for Daily Updates....                                       

         (Note this is not for shy or prudish as Fantasy Fest is clearly an Adult only event. Must be over 18 to enter)

  

    Fantasy Fest Grand Parade

Fantasy Fest always ends on the last Saturday of October and it ends with a huge festive parade. In spite of the hurricane and in-spite of the threatening weather Saturday night there were over 50 entrants to the final Fantasy Fest Parade. Having seen 18 of these over the years I must say it was one of the better ones.

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    Before the Parade spectators begin lining the streets along the Parade route and Duval street is filled with costumed partiers strutting their stuff  

 

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      The Parade begins in Truman Annex, winds its way down Whitehead St the up Duval

 

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        Fantasy Fest King & Queen

 

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 "Fantasy Fest Friday"   --- The Masquerade March

Clearly the best event of Fantasy Fest is the Friday Masquerade March, aka the Locals Parade. Starting at the Key West Cemetery near our house several thousand costumed marchers gather for a walking parade to downtown. If you want to see creativity and some wild and crazy costumes this is the event to see or better yet participate in. A highlight is always the group costumes which vary from current events, Florida Keys issues, the Fantasy Fest theme or whatever the locals come up with. If you visit Fantasy Fest the Masquerade March and the Zombie Bike Ride are two must see and must participate events. As the Parade winds it’s way to Duval Street passing by decorated houses and Inns there are plenty of stops set up to grab a shot, some beer, special punch or this year even shots of Hurricane Beefaroni. Beyond the Parade there are plenty of theme oriented parties such as Bowties & Birthday Suits, Southernmost Beach Jam, Annual Pirate Bash, The Den of Desire, Glitter & Glow Party and Pimpin Ain’t Easy party to name a few.

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      Visit our "Masquerade March" slide show at: Masquerade March Slide Show

 

            This year we did Steam Punk

 

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            Bumper Cars

 

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              Time Flies

 

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       16 foot wing span

 

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          Let Them Eat Cake!

 

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             Even Live Gold Fish

 

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        Beefaroni a staple food during Hurricane Irma 

 

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            The Wizard of Oz

 

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      Winner!  Shell Game for Jello Shots

 

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       Harvey's Castration Couch

 

 

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         Hurricane Irma Eyewall

 

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      Hi Jack

 

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   I have seen this photographer many times at Fantasy Fest over the years. He has quite a unique style. I hear he does weddings also.

  

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 For 18 years of my Fantasy Fest photos click:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

 

    "Fantasy Fest Wednesday"

  Wednesday's of Fantasy Fest is often about color, there is Fogarty's annual Red Party, Green Parrot Green Party, Lucy's Blue Party, Gas Monkey's Redneck Party and Mary Ellen's Luv2Glow Party. It's also time for the annual Pet Masquerade show, Dungeon of Dark Secrets at 801 Bourbon, ABC party (Anything But Clothes), Wharfstock aka Woodstock at Schooner Wharf. And of course the very popular Sexy Bull Riding contest at Cowboy Bills and Homemade Bikini contest at Smoking Tuna bar.

 

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      Ready for Wharfstock aka Woodstock at Schooner Wharf Bar

 

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    Peace & Love

 

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             Homemade Bikini contest at Smoking Tuna Bar

 

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       Beer anyone?

 

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      Hot Bikini

 

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                 Headed to Fogarty's Red Party

 

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    Fantasy Fest "Naughty Bike Ride". A ride for the less than sober. Click above Photo for short video.

 

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     "Fantasy Fest Thursday"

The main event today was the 35th Annual gala Headdress Ball, this year held at the spanking brand new Key West Amphitheater along the Truman waterfront. Presented by the Key West Business Guild as the premiere gay and lesbian event of Fantasy Fest. While these homemade custom costumes are truly amazing the panel of judges base their votes only on the Headdress creativity and design as the candidates compete for the $3,000 first prize. In spite of Irma the show went on in its usual festive fashion.

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       We are all dressed up and ready for the Headdress Ball

 

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      The brand new Key West Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park

 

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           Some of the contestants

 

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         One of the Judges

 

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      EmCee Tom Luna announces the contestants

 

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       1st Place Winner

 

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           The fabulous Randy Roberts

 

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              The top three Winners

 

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          2nd Place Winner

 

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         3rd Place Winner

 

Thursday has also always been known at TOGA Thursday as Sloppy Joe’s holds its annual TOGA party and contest a party that has been a tradition for 34 years. Thousands of TOGA clad revelers crowd the streets of Key West. Other events include: the Nerd party, Fat Tuesday’s Pink Party, White Party, Pajama & Lingerie party, Brick House Funk party, Naughty Bike Ride and Famous Duos Karaoke contest to name a few.  Of course there is always plenty of body paint and nudity.  

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         If you Missed Fantasy Fest Wanderings Part I visit: Fantasy Fest 2017 Part 1

 

 For 18 years of my Fantasy Fest photos click:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

 

   Zombie Ride click: Zombie Slide Show

  Masquerade March: Masquerade March Slide Show

 

  Visit my 2016 Fantasy Fest Slide Show click:   2016 Fantasy Fest Slide Show

 

PLAN A VISIT TO Fantasy FEST 2018 -- 2018 Theme: "OH... The Games We Play"

Two Bedroom Condo Still Available 10/21/18-10/28/18   Come to Fantasy Fest and stay at the Hyatt Beach House overlooking the Gulf of Mexico: http://www.pbase.com/wkimages/hyatt_beach_house
 

 

                                 For 18 years of my Fantasy Fest photos visit:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

 

 © Bill Klipp 2017  Key West's Fantasy Fest 2017 -- "Time Travel Unravels"   

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      LET THE FANTASIES & WILD TIMES BEGIN.............

                    Join me as we “Wander” through 10 days of Fantasy Fest 2017 as:                                                                                                "Time Travel Unravels”

This is our 18th year celebrating Fantasy Fest so “WANDER” with us as we navigate our way EACH DAY through the dozens of Wild and Crazy times of Fantasy Fest 2017

 

       The winds have died down, the waters have receded, the debris piles are disappearing and the sun is shining brightly thru the naked tree tops....

As Halloween approaches Key West our little island in paradise takes on a scary vibe as tens of thousands wild party revelers arrive for the huge theme oriented celebration called FANTASY FEST week. The event lasts 10 days and is a Mardi Gras like event that culminates the last Saturday in October with a wild costumed gala parade up Duval street. Throughout the week there are dozens of theme oriented parties like the: Royal Coronation Ball, Zombie Bike Ride, Sloppy Joe's Toga Party, Fogarty's Red Party, Captain Tony's Party in Plaid, Tighty Whitey Party, Pet Masquerade, Headdress Ball, Halos and Horns Party, Locals Masquerade March and dozens more. The streets of course overflow with costumed party goers of all ages. While this is a Halloween oriented event with lots of Costumes there is also plenty of body paint and nudity so it's not for the shy or prudish and is clearly an adult oriented festival. 

 My Fantasy Fest Wanderings Blog will evolve as Fantasy Fest week unfolds, so come back for Daily Updates....                                       

         (Note this is not for shy or prudish as Fantasy Fest is clearly an Adult only event. Must be over 18 to enter)

   For 18 years of my Fantasy Fest photos Visit:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

   Zombie Ride: Zombie Slide Show

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“Fantasy Fest Parade Lab”

This year the Fantasy Fest Kick Off is an Art Show and exhibition at the Studios of Key West. Celebrating this year’s “Time Travel Unravels” theme, the ground floor Sanger Gallery at The Studios presents a pop-up Fantasy Fest Parade Lab - part production... shop, part exhibition space – where the festival’s exciting 38-year history of costumed marches, glamorous balls, street fairs, pet masquerades, parties, exhibits and charity fundraisers can be explored through posters, photographs, memorabilia and video projections.   Show hours 10am-4pm with Photos, Posters, & Parade art on 2 levels! The exhibitions are free and open to the public and remain on view through October 26. 

 

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            Nadine Grossman Orr, Producer of this year's Fantasy Fest

                

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      Marky Pierson, Art Director Fantasy Fest 2017

     

      Fantasy Fest Art Show and Exhibition at the Studios of Key West

     

               Got to love some of the decorated houses

 

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      Off to the Royal Coronation Ball

You know it’s officially Fantasy Fest in Key West when the Kings and Queens of Fantasy Fests past gather for the Royal Coronation of this year’s Royalty. The Royal Coronation Ball for Fantasy Fest King & Queen is a gala entertainment filled party on the beach at the Casa Marina. This year 4 Candidates spent 5 weeks (shortened due to Irma) raising money by sponsoring wild and flambouyant parties and events for “AIDS Help” and Hurricane Relief. Last year over $330,000 was raised in the event and it was initially thought this year’s event would be canceled due to Hurricane Irma, but the 4 Royal Candidates all agreed the show must go on, as every penny raised will be valuable to support Community members in some very trying times.

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     Meet your new 2017 Fantasy Fest King Saint Paul and Queen Destiny

 

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        Past Fantasy Fest Queens festive as always

 

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                  2013 Fantasy Fest King & Queen

 

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"Royal Coronation Ball"

The Royal Coronation Ball is an evening entertainment extravaganza where local talent hits the stage in celebration of the Royal Event. The show culminates with the official crowning of each year’s Fantasy Fest King & Queen and the announcement of their fund raising efforts. This year in-spite of lost times and lots of hurdles the Royal Family raised over $129,000. This year the first father Daughter team of Bucky and Destiny Montgomery along Saint Paul Murphy and Vicki Hodgson with joined the race as Royal Candidates. In the end our new King Saint Paul and Queen Destiny were crowned in gala fashion. They will now preside over the rest of Fantasy Fest’s many parties, galas and parades. If you bump into the King & Queen  be sure to thank them for their hard work and many contributions.

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      Fresh in from Bobby's Monkey Bar

 

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      Special guests the Fabulous Spectrelles take to the stage. The longest running Duval street singing act

 

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          Candidate Vicki Hodgson performs

 

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     ... and of course the wonderful and famous Christopher Peterson

 

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     In-spite of the challenges from Hurricane Irma $129,023 was raised for AIDS Help and Hurricane relief this year

 

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       Our 2017 Fantasy Fest Royal Family, a true Key West asset

 

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“Goombay Festival”

Fantasy Fest week always kicks off with the annual “Goombay Festival” held in Key West’s historic Bahamas Village which supports various groups in the community. On Friday and Saturday Petronia street becomes festival central with ethnic food stalls, vendors, raffles, music and carnival rides. 

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Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, in Key West’s Bahama Village. Each year this street festival attracts thousands of people who come to sample Caribbean foods, arts, crafts and carnival rides as well as enjoy live music ranging from gospel to reggae.

 

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“Zombie Bike Ride”

Once a year the dead rise up and migrate by bicycle across Key West in search of food and drink. The festivities start at the haunted Fort East Martello as thousands gather at Zombie Land from around the planet then migrate by bicycle at sunset down US1 along the Atlantic Ocean to downtown Key West.  Last year’s Zombie Bike Ride brought over 8,000 Zombies to the streets of Key West.

    Zombie Ride: Zombie Slide Show

 

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                  Off to the Zombie Ride, Zombie 1st Responder & Linesman

 

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           For many more Fantasy Fest photos visit my website:  http://www.FantasyFest.me 

 

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              Nice set of wings!

 

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   Off to a 1960s Beatles Party

 

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  "Tutu Tuesday"

You know it's Tuesday of Fantasy Fest week when the streets are filled with thousands of Tutu clad or unclad party goers. While Tuesday of Fantasy Fest week brings a number of annual parties such as Captain Tony's Plaid Party, Tighty Whitey Party, Green Party to name a few, the big event is the annual TUTU Party. This year Tutus started arriving at "The Porch" for a pre-party followed by a Tutu walking parade and Bar Crawl. The final gathering spot for over a thousand Tutu revelers was at the Waterfront Brewery where the party went till the wee hours.  

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billklipp@wkimages.net (Wildlife Photography by Bill Klipp) body painting fantasy fest fantasy fest 2017 fantasy fest key west fantasy fest photos fantasy festival halloween zombie bike ride zombies http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/Fantasy-Fest-wanderings-I-oct-2017-----Time-Travel-Unravels Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:02:53 GMT
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The older I get the quicker summer seems to fly by. As we move into Fall the Delta takes on a much more relaxed pace. September and October are seasonally transition times on the Delta with less boats and activity on the water along with more moderate daytime temps and much cooler evenings. We even get a few surprise rain showers. I thought I would share a few of my Summer's End photos.

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      Beaver Bay

 

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         Indian Slough

 

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          Discovery Bay Country Club

 

 

 

      Bird's eye view of the golf course

 

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      Pacific Pond Turtles

 

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        Tule Reflections

 

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       Great Horned Owl

 

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          Cormorant

 

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       Great Egret Fishing

 

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      Great Blue Heron

 

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       Great Egret in flight

 

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       Snowy Egret

 

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         Cruising on by

 

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         Ultralight fly over

 

       The fall brings more interesting weather to the Delta. Click above Photo for my Beaver Bay Cloud Time Lapse

 

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         Good time of year to go fishing

 

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        The winds pick up in the fall

 

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          Fresh bait

 

        Discovery Bay Marina launch ramp

 

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       Tule fog returns in the fall, Great Blue Heron

 

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       Kellogue Creek Bovines

 

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           Orwood Resort on the Delta

 

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         Orwood Resort launch ramp time lapse I.        Click above photo to see video: 

 

        Orwood Resort launch ramp time lapse II.        Click above photo to see video: 

 

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        Still have time for a yummy steak & lobster dinner at Orwood Resort

 

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       BYE for Now

 

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Delta Wanderings XXIII – Sept 2017 -- “Birds of the California Delta" http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/delta-wanderings-XXIII-Sept-2017--Birds_of_the_California_Delta Discovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippDiscovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippDiscovery Bay Photos by Bill Klipp

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        Great Horned Owl in a walnut tree

    Birds of the California Delta

It has been said that the California Delta has upwards of 200 different bird species either living here or passing through. While I'm surely not a birder in the traditional sense I sure love to photograph them especially when we have so many right in our delta backyard.  As the waters from the Sierra Mountains make their way to San Francisco Bay they wind through a nearly endless network of rivers, tributaries and channels. With 1000 plus miles of waterways the California Delta is rich in all kinds of wildlife with many varieties of shore and trail birds as well as sea lions, beavers, otters, muskrats, turtles, snakes and a large variety of fish such as bluegill, striped/largemouth/smallmouth bass, sturgeon, catfish, shad, salmon, steelehead as well as crawdads. This edition of my Delta wanderings Blog is focused (pun intended) on some of the many birds that we see on almost a daily basis. The below images represent only a small portion of the avian life in our backyard and almost all of the images below were taken over the last couple of weeks. All you have to do is leave your cell phone behind and get out there on water, look around and absorb our unique surroundings.  

Enjoy them now because the Twin Tunnels Project fraudulently called the “Bay Delta Conservation Plan' will most definitely impact our natural Delta habitat in a very negative way.

 

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           Snowy Egret is smaller than the Great Egret and has tell tale yellow feet a dark bill and yellow lore (area btwn eyes and bill) 

 

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       The much larger Great Egret with black legs and feet and yellow bill

 

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               The Wild Turkey's bald head and fleshy facial wattles can change color in seconds with excitement or emotion. The birds’ heads can be red, pink, white or blue. The flap of skin that hangs down over a turkey's bill is called a snood, and can also change color, size and shape.

 

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           Flock of Snowy Egrets

 

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           Great Horned Owl taking flight at twilight a good time for them to start hunting. Their diet consists of mice, frogs, insects, squirrels, skunks, and small birds. They have also been known to prey on small house cats.

 

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     Great Horned Owls are the second heaviest owl (2-6 lbs) in North America, coming second only to the Snowy Owl. The Great Horned Owl's facial disc serves a practical purpose as a type of radar dish, receiving auditory waves and funneling them to the ears.

 

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    Great Horned Owls can be distinguished from other owls by the prominent tufts of feathers on their head (the "horns"), as well as by their barred plumage (which has led to their nickname, the "tiger owl"). We found a mating pair and two juveniles near Discovery Bay. Great Horned Owls are extremely adaptable - they can live in deserts as well as rain forests, prairies as well as mountains, and they are adaptable to deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests

 

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       Snowy Egret and Gull hanging out watching a fish boil waiting for the opportunity to strike

 

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          What a mouthful. No longer called Sea Gulls, just Gulls, as they are common far from the sea. 

 

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              Snowy Egret 

 

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        Much larger than Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill

 

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        Wild Turkeys have very powerful legs and can run at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Their top speed in flight is 55 miles per hour. Domestic birds, on the other hand, are bred to be heavier so they provide more meat and therefore cannot fly, though they can still run.

 

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        We often see Wild Turkeys in the pasture off Indian Slough, but one night we found over dozen of them roosting in a large tree for the night

 

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       Three Great Blue Herons and Great Egret unusually high up in the tree, as we approached they all took flight

 

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          As the Great Blue Heron took flight I tracked him in flight firing off 11 frames per seconds. This is a composite of 8 images

 

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            Wood Ducks

 

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         A pair of very common Mallard Ducks 

 

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              Mallard Ducklings

 

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         American Kestrel North America's smallest Falcon is an intensely fierce predator in a small compact body and favors bats, rodents, insects, frogs, small reptiles, and small birds.

 

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        American Kestrel taking flight to catch some dinner. Composite photo from 9 images

 

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           American Kestrels usually snatch their victims from the ground, though some catch quarry on the wing like this one did with a Dragonfly

 

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               After grabbing the Dragonfly in mid air this American Kestrel settled down on a high branch to enjoy its meal

 

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         Another Dragonfly catch

 

 

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     In the Northern California Delta we commonly see 4 types of Herons. The Great Blue Heron (above) is our largest and heaviest and most vocal often squawking while in flight. 

 

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      The second largest of our Herons is the more elusive Black-crowned Night Heron. These nocturnal guys roost in trees, bushes and marshes during the day, at night they hunt for fish along the shoreline.

 

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       Black-crowned Night Heron

 

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          A smaller and stockier Heron, this secretive adult Green Heron hunts fish along the shoreline       

 

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        Here is a pair of juvenile Green Herons nesting in a tree in our front yard. This was the 4th season their parents returned to the same nest to breed. While often hard to spot their tell tale sign is piles of guano under the tree

 

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          Great Blue Herons often stands motionless for exceedingly long periods of time scanning for prey or wading belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish, frog or even a duckling. Its amazing to see how far they can extend their necks to reach down to grab a fish.

 

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    These guys also hunt on land for insects and lizards. We have even seen them going for gophers, mice, moles and other small mammals. 

 

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       Canada Goose, no it's no longer called a Canadian Goose

 

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            A pair of adults protecting their Goslings

        

       One nice sound to wake up to. These Canada Geese are headed to the lake in Discovery Bay.  Click above photo to see Video

 

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       Forester's Tern found on more sheltered waters ponds and bays, can be seen plunging head first into the water to expertly grab small fish 

 

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       Mute Swan not normally found in and around Discovery Bay, I suspect this guy made wrong turn during a migration 

 

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       Clark's Grebe once thought to be a pale morph of the Western Grebe is now classified as a separate species. They forage for fish by diving from surface and swimming underwater, propelled mainly by feet.

 

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       Sandpipers have very sensitive bills enabling them to feel around mud and sand as they probe for small invertebrates such as small crabs, clams worms and crayfish

 

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         Nuttall's Woodpecker mostly only found in California these guys will usually be found near oak trees

 

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   White-tailed Kite, these medium sized raptors like open grasslands and savannas with a habit of hovering while hunting for small mammals

 

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             Swainson's Hawk are social raptors, nearly always being found in groups outside the breeding season

 

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      Double-crested Cormorants float low on the surface of water and dive to catch fish. After fishing, they stand on docks, rocks, and tree limbs with wings spread open to dry.

 

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     Double-crested Cormorant drying its wings

 

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             Double-crested Cormorants often need space to take off as they clumsily run across the water trying to get loft

 

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          Cormorants are excellent underwater swimmers. We found this guy one day in our pool in Key West

 

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     Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they make. A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots.

 

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         The Belted Kingfisher is often seen perched prominently on trees, posts, or other suitable "watch points" close to water and hunt either by plunging directly from a perch, or by hovering over the water, bill downward diving after a fish. They also eat amphibians, small crustaceans, insects, small mammals and reptiles. These energetic fast flyers are often heard before they are seen with their tell tall loud rattling, machine gun like calls

 

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            Male Finch

 

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        Black Phoebe is a type of Flycatcher and can be found sitting in the open on low perches scanning for insects, often keeping up a running series of shrill chirps

 

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         Mockingbird

 

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          A cloud of Red-winged Blackbirds. One of the most abundant birds across North America, is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires.

 

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            Grouse or female California Quail?, I'm not so sure

 

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         Mourning Dove often perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight.

 

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          Great Egret Sunset

 

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          Great Blue Heron at sunset

 

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        The big event throughout the country this August was the Total Eclipse of the Sun. Although not in the band of totality we had a pretty good viewing of the Solar Eclipse here in Discovery Bay, Ca. 

 

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          As the sun began to disappear the natives became restless and frightened

 

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         Peak coverage in Discovery Bay, 37' North Latitude

 

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At it's peak we got about 81% totality as the moon moved in front of the sun around 10am. I used an 840mm lens equivalent shielded with a solar filter and took about 100 shots over a 1 hour 40 minute time frame and created a composite image with 13 frames. Yellow color from solar filter. The next total Solar Eclipse visible in the US will be in 7 years on April 8, 2024

 

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          Great Blue Heron

 “A Classic Delta August"

The milder temperatures we had in July were replaced in August with some extreme highs as temps soared to over 110’. As the summer seemed to get hotter and hotter with hazy skies and somewhat muggy weather our bays and sloughs seemed to pick up in water sports activities as people headed to the water to cool down. Our somewhat bland July sunsets were replaced with some pretty spectacular sunrise and sunset skies as smoke from several California wildfires led to some vivid red and orange skies. It was a classic Delta August.

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           Busy times in Indian Slough

 

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                The Great Egret, a tall, stately white wader of quiet waters

 

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         Discovery Bay Marina Pano

 

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          Sheriff on the move

 

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            Great Egret

 

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        Full Moon over Discovery Bay Lighthouse

 

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      Bindingless Waterskiing

 

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        What a nice way to cruise around Discovery Bay

 

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           Cruising the Levees

 

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      Full Moon arising

 

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       Great Blue Heron

 

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       Mt Diablo sunset from Beaver Bay

 

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            Indian Slough Farm

 

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        Sunset thru the old Kellogue Creek Barn

 

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            Mobile Party Barge, a hunk of dock with a motor

 

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          Paragliding over Discovery Bay

 

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         A favorite hiding spot for the Sheriff 

 

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        Coming soon to a wine bottle near you

 

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        Great Egrets 

 

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         Ultralight fly over

 

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          Beaver chewing on Hyacinth roots

 

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         Pacific Pond Turtle, these guys are pretty skittish 

 

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         Hawk

 

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             River Otter

 

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        We came across 3 youngsters wandering with their mom

 

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      Sunset paddle in Beaver Bay

 

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       Captain Morgan's Delta Adventures

 

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       Group of adolescent Great Egrets

 

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       Great Blue Heron

 

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          A new popular water toy, Floating Foam Mats

 

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         A Drone's eye view 

    

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          A great way to spend a hot afternoon

 

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      Hot nights make for great outdoor movies

 

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        Tubing Fun

 

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     Learning how to fish

 

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        Cruising Vasco Road, light traffic what a relief!

 

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         Kellogue Creek Barn

 

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       Mt. Diablo Sunset

 

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              Although not in the Delta I thought I would share a night at Wente Winery with Smokey Robinson. Click above photo to see video

 

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July arrived with a "BANG" in Discovery Bay as the night-time skies lit up with some great Fourth of July fireworks displays, probably the best I've seen in 25 years here. As we move from June to July our sleepy waterways become alive with activity as our sloughs and bays become busy with boating, fishing and water sports of all kinds. Many of the creatures which appeared to be more abundant and very active in the late Spring now seem to be more elusive as the days heat up and our waterways become more busy. Summer brings crowded and noisy skies as waves of honking Canada Geese move back and forth between their daytime feeding grounds and their nighttime roosting spots. No one knows that better than the residents around Discovery Bay’s Lake where the Geese often congregate, fertilizing their yards for free. The Marina and Community Center become centers of activity with outdoor movies, concerts and other Community events. Here we are again in the middle of the lazy hot days of summer on the Delta, get out and have some fun, the fall is just around the corner.  

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       Happy Birthday America --- July Fourth Celebrations

 

 

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        A festive house at the mouth of Lido Bay

 

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            Fourth of July Fireworks over Beaver Bay

 

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       Just to be clear these were not "Illegals" they were simply "Undocumented"

 

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       ... but fireworks are dangerous, rumor has it fireworks caught their deck then house on fire. Looks like a total loss

 

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      Although substantially reduced weed removal still provides some income for enterprising youths

 

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        A mat of floating Hyacinth moving with the currents towards Discovery Bay

While not eliminated, this summer the invasive water weeds have been substantially reduced, seems like the past treatments made a difference. Blue-Green algae while not gone seems substantially less than last summer’s big blooms.

 

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           Fun times along Kellogue Creek

 

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        The Sheriff's Marine Patrol has been out in force on the weekends. If you see waverunners with Nav lights and Anchor lights at night watch out its the Sheriff's very sneaky waverunner marine patrol

 

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        Hey Buddy, that was a "NO Tow Zone" on summer weekends

 

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       Boardwalk Grill, Discovery Bay Boardwalk & Marina

 

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          Great Egret takes flight, note the black legs and feet and yellow bill

 

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        Waiting for sunset

 

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           Some color starts to arrive

 

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             Twilight Blue Hour

 

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      .... and then of course a gorgeous Delta Sunset

 

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       Captain Morgan and his Sunset Cruise

 

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      Summertime brings music and outdoor concerts to Discovery Bay Marina, hosted by Discovery Bay Lions Club 

 

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        Great Blue Heron

 

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        Mallard Duck Family

 

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        Jet Blades in action, powered by a pipe connected to the jet thrust from the waverunner

 

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        Giant Octopus attacks Discovery Bay

 

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       Local Pilot with his Paraglider

 

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       Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

     

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         Full Moon Arising

 

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            Pacific Pond Turtle

 

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      Sunset behind the old Kellogue Creek Barn. Enjoy this view now as the Pantages development will destroy this scene

 

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     ... and this one too!

 

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     .... and this one too!   Wild Turkeys

 

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       ... and I suspect this old iconic gate along Kellogue Creek will soon disappear under Developer tractors

 

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             Great Blue Heron

 

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       Sunset over Beaver Bay

 

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            They seem to be shooting a music promo

 

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       Headed into Orwood for their famous steak & lobster special

 

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      It pays to have a marine tow service subscription 

 

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       Ultralight fly over

 

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      Canada Geese at sunset

 

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       I'm going to call this section "The Wall of Shame, Neglect and Disrepair"

 

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       Some of our Discovery Bay neighbors just don't keep up their property, what a shame! 

 

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     Stay Tuned for Delta Wanderings XXII Aug 2017

 

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       Part 2 of 2 -- The search for a Pregnant Whale Shark 

                           (A photo blog of our recent Whale Shark Expedition by Bill & Linda Klipp)        

Among the dozen or so places on the planet where Whale Sharks aggregate the Sea of Cortez is one of the few places you can find not only adult females but sometimes pregnant ones. Our hope on this trip is to both find and closely examine a pregnant Whale Shark and for this we had the help of an ultra-light aircraft for aerial reconnaissance. When not searching for or swimming with the Whale Sharks we were able to do a lot of snorkeling and exploring the Baja.

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   Whale Shark Reproduction

  There is very little known about the reproductive cycle of Whale Sharks and the Expedition’s main objective was research on pregnant Whale Sharks. Almost all known info on reproduction is based on one pregnant Whale Shark captured by fisherman near Taiwan in 1995. Scientists discovered 300+ embryos in her uterus, ranging from embryos in egg cases 16 inches long to 2-foot long embryos without egg cases, living freely in the womb. It was reported that while she was being towed to shore she aborted dozens more embryos, so she actually had a lot more than 300 at one time. Several dozen embryos were frozen for future research and twenty plus years later one of the scientists on our trip had the opportunity to DNA test the samples. What she found was regardless of size / age they all had the same father. It is speculated that once impregnated a Whale Shark maybe giving birth almost continuously as she travels the oceans.

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        There are only a handful of places on the planet where pregnant Whale Sharks congregate and the Sea of Cortez is one of them.  But with over 68,000 square miles of ocean to search the task of finding one is not trivial. So on this trip we had the benefit of an ultra-light aircraft to search the seas and radio back locations to the ship.

 

        Our eye in the sky does a fly by to check the water landing conditions

 

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        We needed a calm windless day so the ultra-light could land and take-off near the ship

 

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         Waiting to hook up with the ultra-light, perfect conditions!

 

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            Our aerial reconnaissance coming in for a water landing

 

            Linda had the opportunity to spend some time in the air searching for these giant fish. Unfortunately, I was over the max weight limit for the ultra-light flight, time to diet.

 

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           Good Luck Honey

 

          Not a lot of room in this baby, testing her camera with a 80-400mm lens

 

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           Headed out for another run

 

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        Once a pregnant Whale Shark is found the location is radioed back to the boat and off we went in the pangas

 

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        In addition to the usual data collection activities like; measuring, biopsies and taking photo ids the main event this time is to attempt to do an underwater ultrasound on a pregnant female Whale Shark. This will be by far a scientific first.

 

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        Full dive gear will be needed for this

 

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          Swimming with the Sharks required a lot of in and out of the boat 

 

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    It will take two divers to handle the equipment and perform the ultrasound

 

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         A large 30+ foot female comes into view

 

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        This pregnant female was swimming a little fast making it hard to keep up with her

 

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       The good and the bad. Due to the high level of plankton in the water, visibility was not very good but that’s what attracts the Whale Sharks to this area

 

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       Sometimes you couldn't see the Shark until you were almost right on top of her. A very wide angle lens is a must since the fish are so large, 20-40 feet long

 

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           Notice the small eye

 

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           Notice the swollen belly of this pregnant giant

 

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         Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias proudly displaying her one of a kind custom made underwater ultrasound machine. We got close but unfortunately, we were not able to complete an ultrasound as the Sharks were swimming too fast. The group though was elated and learned a lot about proper technique and can’t wait to come back and try again

 

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        Aerial view of the Baja

 

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         Small pod of Common Dolphins 

 

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          Los Islotes from the air

 

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     One of our favorite spots in the Baja is the small islet of Los Islotes known for its California Sea Lion and nesting bird colonies with a large variety of birds such as Boobies, Gulls, Herons and Falcons to name a few

 

 

           

     

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           California Sea Lions

 

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           Los Islotes is a very popular snorkel spot with day trip boats from La Paz

 

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        Snorkeling with Sea Lions is a very special experience

 

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       Adolescent Sea Lions can be very curious and playful, sometimes climbing on your back or even nibbling at your flippers or snorkel

 

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              Snorkeling near Isla Espiritu Santo 

 

 

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       Cave snorkeling near Isla Espiritu Santo 

 

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           Stingray

 

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          Snorkeling near Isla Espiritu Santo 

 

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            Moorish Idol Angelfish

 

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      Wrasses

   

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       Crown of Thorns Sea Star

 

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       Trumpet Fish

 

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      At night we would put out lights to attract little sea creatures such as plankton, squid, fish and other creatures which we would scoop up in a plankton net. Notice the baby Flying Fish

 

         Pulling in a load of Plankton, baby fish, fish eggs, worms, copepods, crab larva, krill etc. It's amazing how much life a cup of seawater contains.

      All ready to see what we got

 

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         Dave goes in for a closer look at what we found

     

          After checking out some of the samples, we got to see what ends up in a swallow of sea water, yuck!         

 

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       We also snagged some baby Flying Fish, very cool! 

 

 

      Never a dull moment, if we weren't out in the field we were treated to a series of scientific and photography presentations

 

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      Busy working on editing photos

 

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        While the MV Adventure is an excellent ship for this type of expedition the cabins are a bit cozy, Luckily we got a quad with extra space for all our photo equipment

 

  

           Overall an amazing trip with a great group of people

 

     Our route for the week

 

PS: In case you missed Part 1 of our Baja Wanderings Blog:

Baja Wanderings I –  “Among the Gentle Giants” --- A Whale Shark Adventure": 

http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/baja-wanderings-1-whale-shark-adventure

       For more info:

       Panterra Eco Expeditions visit: http;//www.Panterra.com

       Whale Shark Mexico: http://www.whalesharkmexico.com/

 

 

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Baja Wanderings I – May 2017 --- “Among the Gentle Giants” --- A Whale Shark Adventure http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/baja-wanderings-1-whale-shark-adventure Common Dolphins, Sea of Cortez, Baja Photos by Bill KlippCommon Dolphins, Sea of Cortez, Baja Photos by Bill KlippWhale Sharks, Sea of Cortez, Baja Photos by Bill Klipp

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     Part 1 of 2-- Whale Shark documentary expedition in the Sea of Cortez     

                                (A photo blog of our recent Whale Shark Expedition by Bill & Linda Klipp)

       Mexico’s Baja and Sea of Cortez is one of our favorite places to explore for both terrestrial and marine life. On this trip we joined Dr. Déni Ramirez Macias and her research team from Whale Shark Mexico along with Panterra Eco Expeditions for one of their 2017 Whale Shark research expeditions, assisting in collecting new data and hopefully adding new Whale Sharks to her global database. We have visited these pristine waters many times but this trip would be our first Whale Shark experience

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Whale Shark Background

 Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) are slow moving filter feeder sharks known for their sheer size as they are by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. Adult Whale Sharks range in size from 25 to 40 feet (unconfirmed reports have been up to 60 feet) and can weigh over 25 tons. The Whale Shark is an endangered species protected in Mexico. The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is a nursery area for juvenile Whale Sharks where juvenile Whale Sharks aggregate to feed in coastal waters in Los Ángeles Bay and La Paz Bay.

          The name "Whale Shark" directly refers to the fish's size, being as large as some species of whales and also that it is a filter feeder like baleen whales which strain their prey from the water column. It is thought they can live up to 100 years. Whale Shark inhabit all tropical and warm-temperate seas. The fish is primarily pelagic living in the open sea and have been known to occasionally dive to depths over 5,000 feet.

 

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       We embark on our expedition from La Paz on the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico

 

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      Our home for 8 days will be the 110’ motor yacht, the MV Adventure with Panterra Eco-Expeditions and Dr. Dení Ramírez Macías, Director of Whale Shark Mexico. There were 12 of us aboard covering different disciplines (geneticists, shark researchers, underwater videographer and us as photographers) plus about 7 crew.

 

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       The MV Adventure as seen by Linda from the Project's Ultra-Light reconnaissance aircraft

 

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      The two Pangas were always available for excursions, landings, snorkeling and other activities like up close encounters with Dolphins, Mobula Rays or Whales. 

 

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       Linda on the bow searching for marine animals right after leaving the dock in La Paz Bay

 

Our main focus this week was to help the Scientists with their Whale Shark and Mobula Ray research, so on our first morning we loaded into the pangas to patrol some areas known for congregations of juvenile Whale Sharks. Groups of young Whale Sharks come to La Paz Bay each year to feed in the plankton rich waters of the Sea of Cortez.   

 

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       Headed out on our first Whale Shark encounter

 

       Snorkel gear ready we headed out in the pangas looking for the Whale Shark's telltale dorsal fin, tail fin or large dark shadow in the water 

 

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     The yellow flag indicates our special research operation and gives us greater special access. 

 

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 As we skirted the shallows along the western coast of La Paz Bay searching for Whale Sharks we spotted what looked like a floating blue plastic fish (floating plastic trash) but as our panga got closer it turned out to be a bright blue Cannonball Jellyfish. We slowed down to check it out and suddenly found ourselves in a surreal scene surrounded by a large bloom or swarm of these bright milky blue balls bobbing about as they streamed by in the outgoing tide.

 

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     Cannonball Jellyfish also known as Cabbage Head Jellyfish come in different colors and are mostly harmless to humans. As we slowly plowed thru the swarm I dipped my GoPro into the water to get a few shots. Our panga Driver reached over and plucked up one of these water balloon like creatures for us to have a closer look. As quickly as they arrived they were gone and we went back to searching for Whale Sharks.     

 

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   As we start tracking a young Whale Shark the scientists ready their cameras, biopsy spear and measuring devices

 

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        The chase is on

           Once we find a Whale Shark the Panga driver follows alongside of it until we are ready. When feeding, the Sharks swim in a straight line so we position ourselves in front of the Shark and at the right moment we quietly plop into the water and swim over to intercept the Shark. You then swim alongside the Whale Shark as long as you can keep up. If you lose the Whale Shark you signal the Panga which picks you up and drops you back in front of the Shark. This "Leap Frogging" can go on for 5-6 times depending on how fast you or the Shark swims.   

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                    Time lapse of panga following one Whale Shark

 

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        Ready for the intercept                          

 

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      Swimming over to our first Whale Shark

 

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       The first step in the data collection is to measure the Shark. This is done two ways, a simple pole with measurement markings and a specially outfitted GoPro device. Next is to try and sex the fish by examining it's underside to determine if its a male or female. Lastly a biopsy is taken using a special spear like instrument which is used to pierce the  thick skin just below the dorsal fin. Surprisingly most of the Sharks didn't react to the spear. Lastly a GoPro is attached to the base of the dorsal fin to film the travels of the Shark. 

 

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       Diet

   The whale shark is an active feeder, with mouths reaching 5 feet wide they target concentrations of plankton, copepods, krill, crab larva or fish. It also feeds on clouds of eggs during mass spawning of fish and corals. Feeding occurs either by ram filtration, in which the animal opens its mouth and swims forward, pushing water and food into the mouth, or by active suction feeding, in which the animal opens and closes its mouth, sucking in volumes of water that are then expelled through the gills. In both cases, the filter pads serve to separate food from water.

 

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        Although hard to see, the dark spot between the swimmers and the panga is a Whale Shark just below the surface

 

      Similar to the fingerprint of a human, the pattern of spots around the gill area are unique to each individual allowing researchers to identify individual sharks. One of our tasks was to photograph the spots right behind the gills on the left side of each Shark. This info was then loaded into a specialized Shark ID data base  

 

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      A successful encounter with a specialized GoPro photographic measuring device  

 

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          Back into the panga to get ahead of the Shark again

 

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     With a biopsy spear in hand one of the scientists swims over to the Whale Shark to take a skin sample from just below the dorsal fin

 

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      Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias shows the skin sample which will be used in the Project's DNA research

       

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      Dr. Deni’s research group also developed a special GoPro clamp that they would attach to the Shark’s dorsal fin to film it’s activities.

 

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         After tracking the Whale Shark we recovered the attached camera making our first few Shark encounters very successful

 

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                                Click above photo for a short Whale Shark video:

 

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      One happy snorkeler

 

          Conditions for Whale Sharks is often a short window of a few hours each day so when not on the hunt for Whale Sharks we found ourselves exploring the Sea of Cortez for Whales, Mobula Rays or snorkeling, kayaking, beach combing or hiking the deserted islands of the Baja

 

 

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        Humpback Whale

 

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      Humpback Whale fluke

   

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         Gorgeous setting that reminded us of the Florida Keys

 

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       Exploring the mangroves near Isla San Jose for birds and other wildlife

 

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         Great Blue Heron

 

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       Grebe

 

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       Reddish Heron

 

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        We came around a turn and surprised a Snowy Egret, notice the yellow feet and dark bill

 

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      Great Blue Heron's mating on nest

 

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          Brown Pelican

 

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           Desert Iguana, Santa Catalina Island

 

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     Trigger Fish anyone? You never know what you find when wandering the beaches of the Baja

 

        One afternoon we spotted a pod of playful Common Dolphins, so we grabbed the cameras and jumped into the pangas for an up-close encounter

 

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          A mom Common Dolphin with her young calf

 

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            Cruising the Sea of Cortez looking for marine animals

 

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  One morning we came across a crude Fish Camp. Set up in a protected cove, this temporary Camp houses a group of male fisherman (no females allowed) who stay for several months fishing. It was old home week for one of our Panga drivers as he used to work at the Camp

 

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              Isla Espiritu Santo and the Fish Camp from the air

 

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           When not fishing the fishermen spend hours repairing the nets

 

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           Now that's a lot of fish hooks

 

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        Fileting the fish before bringing into town

 

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          Rooster Fish anyone?

 

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               Fresh Fish!

 

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       We even found a Whale Shark pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon where one perceives images in normally common random patterns , like cloud formations. See the Whale Shark in the above geological formation? 

 

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         Sunset over the Baja

  

Stay tuned for the next installment of Baja Wanderings II ---  The search for a pregnant Whale Shark"  *** Coming Soon**

http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/baja-wanderings-2-Search-for-a-Pregnant-Whale-Shark

 

 

 

 

       Note La Paz at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula
          

 

 For more info:

   Panterra Eco Expeditions visit: http;//www.Panterra.com

   Whale Shark Mexico: http://www.whalesharkmexico.com/

 

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Delta Wanderings XX – June 2017 -- “Back to Nature" http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/delta-wanderings-xx-june-2017--back-to-nature Discovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippDiscovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippSnowy Egret, Discovery Bay Photos by Bill Klipp

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It’s been a while, but I’m back with a new installment of my “Delta Wanderings” blog, "Back to Nature", recent wildlife photos from around Discovery Bay, remember you wouldn’t see any of this if you are looking at your smart phone

Late spring and early summer (May/June) are ideal times to see Mother Nature in action.  In early Springtime our feathered and fury friends are busy in courtship, finding mates and working on building and repairing nests and renovating their dens. Next the little ones hatch / are born and the parents are hyper active seeking food to bring home to their young. By late Spring / early Summer the little ones start to wander from the safety of their homes to explore their surroundings learning how to fend and feed themselves.

This is one of my favorite times on the Delta, as Mother Nature peaks in activity, the tide levels seem both higher and lower than normal, the winds seem to die down, making for great reflections, and the boating traffic is still very light.

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     Canada Geese

 

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       Swainson's Hawk

 

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       Beaver

All you need to do is get out and about on the water, move slowly and pay attention to your surroundings. Your best bet at seeing Mother Nature in action is early or late in the day at low tide and the lower the better. As our river waters flood out to San Francisco Bay, low tide exposes new ecosystems especially along the edges of the levees and tulee islands as small sand bars and mud flats emerge. This newly exposed land attracts all sorts of critters. Instead of seeing one or two Snowy Egrets foraging for small fish and invertebrates you might see a group (“Congregation”) of adolescent Snowy Egrets along with Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons all wandering the shallows seeking a meal. Instead of seeing a single Beaver you might see the whole family out and about exploring and munching on some water hyacinth. Instead of a single River Otter swimming by you might see a small group of curious babies playing and exploring the shoreline. As the tides drop look closely at the edges of the levees and you might see lots of little footprints near holes or tunnels in the base of the levees, these would be the entrances to dens of our local aquatic mammals, Beavers, Muskrats and Otters.

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      Mallard Duck family

 

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     Great Horned Owl

 

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     Mother Wood Duck protecting her ducklings

 

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      Wood Duck coming in for a landing

If you are lucky and really pay attention at dusk you might even see some raccoons beginning to mobilize from their daytime nap. Instead of seeing some adult female Mallards leading a long line of little ducklings you might see a mom with just a couple of little ones left as Great Blue Herons, Hawks and even large fish have narrowed their numbers. Black Crowned Night Herons and Little Green Herons actively work the shoreline catching fish. Raptors such as Red Shouldered Hawks, Red Tailed Hawks, White Tailed Kites, American Kestrels, Swainsons Hawks, Osprey high in the trees or patrolling the skies seeking a meal.

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     Sub-adult Swainson's Hawk with adult on nest

 

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    Osprey looking for some fish

 

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     Male and female Mallard Ducks (notice the id tag on the male's leg)

 

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      Snowy Egret hunting

 

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     White-tailed Kite

 

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    Congregation of Snowy Egrets  (notice the yellow feet and dark bill)

 

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       Beaver grooming in front of his den entrance

 

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        Beaver making a meal out of some roots

 

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        Beaver

 

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       Beaver, too bad they don't eat the hyacinth more quickly

 

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      Beaver

 

                                     To see a short Beaver video:  Click on Above Image

 

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        Great Blue Heron

 

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     Great Blue Heron with fish

 

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     Snowy Egrets in a territorial dispute

 

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           Snowy Egret

 

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      Snowy Egret hunting fish

 

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      Muskrat, our smallest aquatic mammal  (roundish body, thin hairless tail)

 

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     We were cruising down Indian slough just before sunset when we heard screaming sounds coming from the tulee island, sounded like a cat fight. We speculated it was raccoons and a few minutes later we spotted one cowering near the water’s edge. He was clearly trying to stay away from the other one.

 

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      Some of our tulee islands are home to Raccoons, who swim to our shores often on garbage pickup days

 

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      Raccoon

 

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     Young River Otter checking us out

 

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      Young Beaver swimming

 

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       Canada Goose

 

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     Great Blue Heron

 

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       Canada Geese

 

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      Canada Geese

 

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       Swainson's Hawk being harassed by a Mockingbird

 

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       Wild Turkey

 

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