Wildlife Photography by Bill Klipp: Blog http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog en-us www.wkimages.net billklipp@wkimages.net (Wildlife Photography by Bill Klipp) Wed, 30 May 2018 21:02:00 GMT Wed, 30 May 2018 21:02:00 GMT http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u881613713-o1054752149-50.jpg Wildlife Photography by Bill Klipp: Blog http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Delta Wanderings I – May 2018 -- “Spring into Summer" http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/Delta-Wanderings-I---Spring-into-Summer Great Egrets, Discovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippGreat Egrets, Discovery Bay Photos by Bill KlippGreat Egrets, Discovery Bay Photos by Bill Klipp

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    After a winter of out of town travel we returned mid-May to some gorgeous Delta Spring weather. Our first few days back on the water were amazing, virtually no other boats on the water and creatures of all sorts doing what they do undisturbed by the dozens of boats that will soon be filling our sloughs. The rains have stopped, the days have started to warm up while the evenings continue to cool down. I always wonder what I will find when uncovering the boat after 6 months of hibernation and to my joyful surprise the boat was relatively clean and more importantly the engine started right up after a short turn of the key. So for the next few nights we ventured out on our usual “Sunset Wine Cruise Safari” in search of the many creatures who call the Delta home, we of course were armed with some chilled sauvignon blanc and light snacks. With a full moon only a few days away we had some extraordinary low tides right around sunset, perfect timing as the exposed mud flats are a magnet to all sorts of creatures wandering about in search of a meal.  All photos taken over the last week.

                (A periodic photo blog of our Discovery Bay and Delta Wanderings)

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           Great Blue Herons
At 4 feet tall these magnificent wading birds are able hunters often seen patiently stalking their prey consisting of fish, frogs, crustaceans, lizards, ducklings, goslings and even small ground hogs. They will often stab their prey with a lightening like strike with their long sharp bill.   

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       Great Blue Heron with a large catfish, notice how he stabbed the fish with his long sharp bill. Turned out the fish was a bit too big to swallow, so the Heron let it go and went on to find a smaller delicacy, a crayfish

 

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       Great Blue Heron with a Crayfish. 

 

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       Great Blue Heron taking flight

 

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       Snowy Egret on the prowl for a meal.

 

It's easy to distinguish the Snowy Egret from their larger cousin, the Great Egret. Snowy Egrets are smaller, have a dark bill, black legs and yellow feet. While the larger Great Egret has a yellow bill with black legs and feet. They are both wading birds which seek their main prey of fish and crustaceans by wading in shallow water or hunting from docks, branches or other objects that over hang the water. These guys are often most active during low tides which exposes all sorts of small yummy creatures.

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       Great Egret with a Crayfish

 

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           Great Egrets

 

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       In spite of many yards of empty shoreline these Great Egrets sometimes fight over a perceived good hunting spot.

 

It's not all about the birds as we have several species of aquatic mammals in the Delta. We have Muskrats, Beavers and River Otters often all living harmoniously in the same ecosystem.

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      Muskrats are the smallest of our three semi-aquatic mammals. Their name comes from the "musky" odor they mark their territory with. These members of the rodent family have a round head and body, with a long roundish (or more accurately vertically flat, opposite of the flat tailed Beaver) hairless tail covered in scales.  While their rear feet are semi-webbed they mostly use their tails for propulsion in the water. On land they drag their tails making their tracks easy to identify. Muskrats normally live in groups consisting of a male and female pair and their young. In our area they live in burrows dug into the mud banks usually with an underwater entrance, although at low tide their den entrances are often visible. Adults are 16-28 inches long and weigh 1-4 pounds.       

 

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      This male Muskrat just emerged from his burrow. While they are omnivores they feed mostly on vegetation and are most active at night or near dawn and dusk. 

 

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         "Muskrat Love"

  Like most rodents, Muskrats are prolific breeders. Females can have two or three litters a year of six to eight young each. 

 

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      Copulation can occur on land or in the water.

 

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      After doing his business this guy was hoping for a cigarette. 

 

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      Unlike the short compact body of the Muskrat our River Otters are truly aquatic creatures built for swimming with a narrow head and a long streamlined body, long whiskers, webbed feet and a long tail covered in fur. These guys are fast agile swimmers very comfortable in the water. They are 26-42 inches long and weigh in at 11-30 pounds with sharp predatory teeth feeding mostly on fish but with an active appetite for clams, mussels, frogs, lizards, snails, turtles and crayfish. They also make their homes in burrows in the mud banks. These guys often wander far from their burrows exploring the waters and often climbing on docks and boats.

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       This River Otter is munching on a Crayfish, trying not to get nipped by the Crayfish's claws. 

 

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       A baby Beaver swims by. Found in nearly every state the Beaver is the largest North American rodent and the only one with a broad, flat, scaly tail. Weighing in at 30-60 pounds these guys are much bigger than our Muskrats and Otters. They are true herbivores and while best known for their small tree felling skills and building dams our Delta Beavers live in burrows in the shoreline banks and mostly munch on tule roots, hyacinth, cattails, and other marsh plants. When alarmed or annoyed they will loudly slap their big flat tail on the surface of the water as they dive down below.  

 

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    Garter Snakes can often be found in the rocks along the levee or in your garden.  Their diet consists of almost any small creature they are capable of overpowering including: worms, slugs, lizards, amphibians, minnows and small rodents. While some may find their presence alarming they are actually very good garden visitors. 

 

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      While harmless these guys when threatened or picked up will discharge a malodorous, musky-scented secretion from a gland under their tail. They will often flatten their heads and strike out at any threats making them seem much more threatening then they are. They are easily pinned down with a stick and can be picked up by grabbing them right behind the head. They do have small teeth and their bite can be more alarming than hurtful as they have pretty small mouths.

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      Often found on branches overhanging the water Flycatchers can often be seen swooping down from a branch to catch a fly, moth or small flying insect. Flycatchers are part of a large family of birds with over 400 types. 

 

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      Barn Swallows sometimes called Mud Swallows are very agile flyers often seen at dusk swooping over the water snagging little insects. They like living near water as they build their nests out of mud under building overhangs, under bridges and here in Discovery Bay often under dock ramps. 

 

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      Killdeer while truly a shorebird can be seen without going to the beach, they are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. In the Delta you will often see one or two scurrying back and forth along the shoreline most often at low tide. 

 

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     The Green Heron can be found at the water’s edge often on the rocks or even on docks as they patiently crouch incredibly still waiting for an unsuspecting fish or small crustacean to swim by. Then with lightning speed they extend their necks really long to grab a meal with their dagger like bill. If you find the shells of Crayfish on your dock it was probably the leftovers from a Green Heron’s meal.  The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It often creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish

 

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        Adult Black-Crowned Night Heron with two juveniles. Compared to their long-limbed Heron relatives Night Heron's are stocky birds who are most active at night or at dusk. They are social birds that breed in colonies of stick nests usually built over water and can be found in fresh, salt, and brackish wetlands and are the most widespread Heron in the world.

 

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      Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron

      

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      Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Herons

 

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        This Brewers Blackbird was walking across the algae scum plucking the little weed flowers.

 

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         Great Egret taking flight

 

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              Great Egret in flight

 

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       Canada Goose with Goslings  (previously known as Canadian Geese)

 

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     Canada Gosling

 

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        Canada Goose with some adolescents 

 

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      This year's invasive weed season looks like we took a giant step backwards. I have never seen such blockages at the entrance to Discovery Bay

 

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     Tough getting boats off these docks

 

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    Little by little though some enterprising young folks are helping out.

 

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       The other night it was high tide when we went out so the wildlife was a bit lighter, instead though we had no wind, glassy calm waters, great reflections and some crazy light with ominous clouds

 

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      Windmill farms in the distance

 

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         Indian Slough at the entrance to Lido Bay

 

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        Indian Slough

 

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     Lido Bay

 

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          Indian Slough

 

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       A clear sign that summer has arrived, more boat traffic. 

 

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        Coming and Going

 

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    Full Moon over Lido Bay

 

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       Happy Boating, Bye for Now

 

 

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Antarctica Wanderings II – Nov 2017 --- “First Stop; The Falklands” http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/Antarctica-Wanderings-II--Falkland-Islands Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017,Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017,Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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.

 

Long Tailed Meadow lark, Military Starling, Carcass Island, WestLong Tailed Meadow lark, Military Starling, Carcass Island, WestLong Tailed Meadow lark, Military Starling, Carcass Island, West Falkland Islands, Photos by Bill Klipp

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       Long Tailed Meadowlark

 

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       Black Throated Wren

 

Ruddy Geese, Carcass Island, West Falkland Islands, Photos by BiRuddy Geese, Carcass Island, West Falkland Islands, Photos by BiRuddy Headed Geese, Carcass Island, West Falkland Islands, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Antarctica Wanderings I – Nov 2017 --- “L16 Light Camera in Antarctica” http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/Antarctica-Wanderings-I---L16-Light-Camera-in-Antarctica

   (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   

 

Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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.  

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

    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.

         

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 

      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 

 

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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 

 

Emperor Penguin, Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, NoEmperor Penguin, Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, NoFast Ice, Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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 

 

Brown Bluff, Antarctica Sound, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by BBrown Bluff, Antarctica Sound, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by BBrown Bluff, Antarctica Sound, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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  

 

Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippGold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippGold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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

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

 

Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippGold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KlippGold Harbor, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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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.

 

Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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

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

 

Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, PhotoEnterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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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 

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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            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

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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        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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Antarctica Wanderings III – Nov 2017, “South Georgia Island Part 1” http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/Antarctica-Wanderings-III---South-Georgia-Island-1 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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  (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.  

 

Arctic Prion, Elsehul Bay, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KArctic Prion, Elsehul Bay, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill KArctic Prion, Elsehul Bay, South Georgia Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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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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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 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

 

               Click above photo for time lapse video of zodiacs at Stromness Harbour

     

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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

 

                Click above photo for Elephant Seal Video at Stromness Harbour

 

 

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

 

          Click above photo for Sandefjord Bay short video

 

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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 V of "Antarctica Wanderings"  continues with our arrival in the "Land of Ice", Antarctica

“The thing that is most beautiful about Antarctica for me is the light. It’s like no other light on Earth, because the air is so free of impurities. You get drugged by it, like when you listen to one of your favorite songs. The light there is a mood-enhancing substance.” ― Jon Krakauer

 

The South Orkney Islands (our last stop) are about the halfway point between South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. The next leg of our journey to Antarctica would be a 375 mile sail due west and south into the winds and building seas of the Weddell Sea. While some on the ship found the journey to be uncomfortable we in fact were lucky to have what the Captain described as moderate seas for this region with 15-20 foot waves and 30-40mph winds. As we headed further south the seas began to take on the appearance of another world as we passed large icebergs caught in the west to east clockwise direction of the prevailing winds and currents of the Southern Ocean.

                         Click above photo for a short Weddell Sea video:

 

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      Emperor Penguin entering water at Wilhelmina Bay. This was our first ever encounter with an Emperor, the largest of the Penguin species    

                

At Sea Towards Antarctica

The ocean area from 40’ south latitude to near the Antarctic Circle has the strongest sustained westerly winds found anywhere on earth. The highest frequency of gales is reported between Longitude 20’ and 60’ east, north of the Ross and Weddell Seas and the approaches to Drakes Passage. Interaction between the frigid air coming off Antarctica and the relatively warm and moist air from the lower latitude ocean areas creates the cyclonic “Roaring Forties”, “Furious Fifties” and “Screaming Sixties” storms. They make the region from 40’ to 60’ south one of the stormiest areas in the world.  The main course of these cyclones is from west to east around the periphery of Antarctica. We however were lucky and avoided overly difficult weather.

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After a day and a half at sea from the South Orkney Islands our first stop in Antarctica will be Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. Elephant Island became famous from Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), also known as the Endurance Expedition. Back in 1916 after being stranded for 281 days and following the crushing and sinking of their ship “Endurance” in the pack ice, Earnest Shackleton and 27 men used life boats and drifting ice floes to reach the uninhabited and very inhospitable Elephant Island. It’s here that they camped out in small space the size of a house under upturned life boats surviving on seal blubber and penguins for an incredible 137 days. Mean while Shackleton and five of his men headed out seeking rescue in one of their open life boats (the James Caird). Their goal was South Georgia Island a dangerous and grueling 800 mile 2+ week sail across the Southern Ocean to Fortuna Bay. If you have never read the book “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing, I would highly recommend it as it surely is one of the most amazing stories of human exploration and endurance. Now if this is the first time you heard the story you missed my previous blog chapter about South Georgia Island.    Moving on ...   Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017,Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017,Point Wild, Elephant Island, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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           Elephant Island, very little flat shoreline, tough place to camp out for 4 months in the winter

 

       Elephant Island, making the pano above

 

Elephant Island is an ice-covered mountainous island in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica and part of the South Shetland Islands. It was named by early explorers in 1821 due to it’s Elephant head-like appearance and the sighting of Elephant Seals on its shores. There are virtually no safe landing sites here due to the very rugged, high mountainous terrain with steep cliffs rising right out from the sea. We arrived in the late afternoon in blowing snow and very choppy seas and headed out for a pretty uncomfortable zodiac exploration of the coastline and the large Chin Strap Penguin Colony.         

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        Exploring around Elephant Island   

 

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     It was tough conditions for zodiac cruising, Chin Strap Penguin colony in the background

 

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     Cemented to the rocks, is a bust of Piloto Pardo, the captain of the Yelcho, the ship that Ernest Shackleton was finally able to get down there to save the men stranded on Elephant Island. Our ship is in the background.

 

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As we leave Elephant island we headed south into the Antarctic Sound towards the eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. We will spend the afternoon and evening at sea traversing the ice fields at the northern edge of the Antarctic Peninsula. While cruising we had a couple of presentations one of which was about the various seals we might encounter. We also had another decontamination party to prepare us for landing on the Continent of Antarctica. It was easy to tell we were in a new territory from the sounds of ice scrapping against the ship’s hull and the periodic shuddering we would feel as the ship plowed through smashing its way through the thicker ice. Danco Island, Errera Channel, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by BiDanco Island, Errera Channel, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by BiIcebergs, Danco Island, Errera Channel, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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       We are now headed into the Weddell Sea and Iceberg Alley, famous for harboring massive tabular icebergs with their flat tops, steep sides and a length to height ratio greater than 5:1. These tabular bergs begin life as a floating ice shelf or glacial tongue attached to the land that crack and break off. These ice islands can be enormous such as B15 which was originally 183 miles long by 23 miles wide about 4,200 sq miles reaching heights of 130 feet above water. Bergs of this size can severely block navigation and impact ocean currents. As they move about following the west to east currents of the Southern Ocean they bump into land and other icebergs, they crack and erode due to wave action and of course start to melt, causing them to crack, shrink and break apart overtime. These enormous icebergs can be over 3,000 feet thick causing them to get grounded periodically and scour the sea floor as they move with the currents.

 

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       ICE, ICE everywhere

Large tabular bergs sometimes 10s of miles long and 100s of meters thick broken from glacial tongues or broken from an ice shelf, Icebergs born from glaciers are large chunks that are at least 15 feet above the water line, bergy bits smaller than icebergs 5 feet above water and growlers 1 foot above water, then there is fast ice, sea ice, pancake ice and many others. In any case the shapes, colors and incredible beauty can only be described as other worldly often formed into sculptures that only nature can create. Amazing sights in every direction 24x7.

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           A memorable 3am sunrise

 

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      Linda at the ready as we cruise through the ice fields

 

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       Pushing through the ice of Antarctic Sound

 

Brown Bluff

Our morning was a bit of a surprise as the ship headed towards our first “official” Continental landing at Brown Bluff, one of our favorite landing sites and home to Adelie and Gentoo Penguin colonies. Our last time here we had a freezing and blizzardly day, today as we popped out of the zodiac at high tide onto the icy embankment we were met with a very windy yet sunny blue-sky day. Linda and I set out along the shoreline headed for the colony, but we did not get very far as we just plopped down in the snow to photograph the comings and goings of long lines of Adelies and small groups of Gentoos heading back and forth between the sea and their nesting sites. We also spent some time on the edge of the colony to watch mating behavior and nest building as the Adelies would steal pebbles from each other to build their nests. While most of the Penguins were still in courtship and nest building modes a number were tending to their eggs. We also keenly watched the Kelp Gulls, Skaus and Giant Petrels as they swooped down into the colony to steal a Penguin egg for dinner.

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       Adelie Penguins are our favorites to watch, lots of personality 

 

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        Adelies seem to like to move around in large groups. These guys gathered at the edge of the ice waiting to head out to sea, then once one jumps in they all follow like Lemmings. When one of them stops they all stop. They often hesitate in entering the water as they worry about a lurking Leopard Seal or Killer Whales their biggest predators.   

 

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     Adelie adjusting it's egg in it's modest pebble nest

 

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     Gentoo Penguin collecting pebbles to build a nest

 

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        One Gentoo will sit on the egg while the other heads out to sea to forage, you can tell this guy just returned from the sea (very clean) and is about to relieve his partner so she can go forage. Its this switching time when they are most vulnerable to predation from the Kelp Gulls, Skaus and Giant Petrels circling overhead waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and grab an egg.  

        

Kelp Gull, Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippKelp Gull, Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill KlippKelp Gull, Enterprise Islands, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, Nov 2017, Photos by Bill Klipp

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      This Kelp Gull circled the Colony for awhile seeking an opportunity to grab an egg. Its amazing how they can hold onto it

 

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      Got to love these guys, I just laugh looking at them

 

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        Gentoo taking the leap

 

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      Gentoo Penguins

 

It was pretty cold this morning as it should be, we are in Antarctica after all! After our morning at Brown Bluff we spent the afternoon and rest of the day cruising through iceberg alley and crashing through the pack ice, admiring the large icebergs and seeking wildlife in Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea. We came across Weddell and Crab Eater Seals lying about and Penguins scurrying across the ice. There were also beautiful Antarctic Terns flying around the ship hoping that as we hit and upturned the ice they would find some underlying creatures to eat. It’s a lot a fun to be up on the bow as the ship crashes through the ice and small icebergs. You can feel the ship shudder and shake as the bow crashes through the ice scraping its way along the ship's hull removing the ship's paint little by little. The Weddell Sea is where Shackleton’s ship the Endurance got stuck in the ice eventually sinking. For us though we had a great finish to a very fine Antarctic day.

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      Antarctic Sound, notice the group of Adelie Penguins on the ice off the ship's bow.

 

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         Adelie Penguins on the run, as seen from the bow, as the ship plows through the ice

 

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              Weddell Seal

 

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         Adelie Penguin wandering the ice floes

 

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        Sunrise at 3:26am near the Enterprise Islands, Antarctica 

An Epic Day in Antarctica 
It started with beautiful 3:26am sunrise as the icebergs glowed in various shades of pastels. A windless morning with deep blue skies with streaky white clouds with moderate temperatures in the mid 30s met us as we entered Enterprise Bay. The water was crystal clear, and the dead calm seas were littered with icebergs and bergy bits. The clarity of the air was noticeable and reflections glared at us from every direction.

 First up this morning was kayaking across the crystal clear radiant blue waters through the ice fields among the Gentoo Penguins and alongside the rusting hull of the "Governoren", a snow covered sunken whaling factory ship lost in time since 1915. After kayaking it was back to the ship for a quick gear reset then we headed back out again, this time in a zodiac for some ice and wildlife exploration in the neighboring bays. To top the morning off we had the opportunity for an exhilarating Polar Plunge in 30.5 degree Antarctic waters. As we reluctantly left Enterprise Island behind we were pleasantly surprised to find lunch being served outside on the rear deck, a rare event in Antarctica. ...  WHAT A DAY and this was all before noon with much more to come.    

 

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       If you look closely,  you can see the EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) around our necks in case we get lost or capsize.

      

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      National Geographic Explorer anchored at the Enterprise Islands. A Weddell Seal sleeps in the sun on the ice

 

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     At the end of the whaling season in Jan 1915, the crew of the "Governoren" was having a traditional end of season party to celebrate their haul of thousands of gallon of whale oil. The party below deck got out of hand and a lamp got knocked over setting fire to the entire ship. To save the crew the Captain grounded the ship in Foyn Harbor of the Enterprise Islands, all 85 crew survived making it ashore and were rescued by another whaling ship. Some divers from our ship went down into the wreck to investigate and found many old oil barrels and artifacts still in place undisturbed for over 100 years.  The rusting hull is now a nesting spot for Antarctic Terns

 

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       Click above photo for our Kayak adventure video:

 

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       It's common for icebergs to erode and melt from the bottom up as the water temps can be warmer than the air. As the bottom melts, the berg gets top heavy causing it to unpredictably  flip over revealing some of the most incredible ice sculptures and designs. For certain sized or shaped icebergs you need to be mindful of not getting too close in a zodiac or kayak as they can be very unstable and potentially flip over unexpectedly on you.

 

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           Is this looking like heaven or what?

 

It was a beautiful day for swim. Sunny blue skies, streaky white clouds, moderate temperatures in the mid 30s F and a gorgeous backdrop. What could better? A perfect time for a Polar Plunge into 30.5 degree Antarctic waters, Got to do it!  It will be my 5th time...

      Here I go.....

 

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        Sea water freezes at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit, I was lucky today it was warmer, only an exhilarating 30.5 degrees F. Notice the paddles nearby in case of heart attacks. 

 

           Click above photo for my Polar Plunge video:

 

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       You can't beat the view from this lunch Bistro

  In the afternoon our ship the National Geographic Explorer headed back out into the Gerlache Straits. It was nice enough for an outdoor lunch on the ship's rear deck as we headed to Wilhelmina Bay in search of fast ice where the ship could be embedded in the ice hopefully for some outdoor activities out on the ice and snow. Fast Ice is sea ice that is attached to and extending out from the land or shoreline. On our search we passed several small groups of Humpback and Fin Whales. After several attempts the Captain was able to lodge the ship into the ice and lower a gangway onto the ice for snow shoeing, cross country skiing, wandering and a BBQ. The highlight though was a lone Emperor Penguin who wandered close by to check us out. For me this was heaven to score some awesome shots of the ultimate icon of the Penguin species. This was Linda and my first encounter with an Emperor and the 8th Penguin species we have encountered on the trip.

 

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     As we sailed through the wildlife rich Gerlache Straits we came across a few Humpback Whales actively feeding

 

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       Humpback Whale tail lob

 

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       Humpback Whale fluke

 

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     Two Humpback Whales as the pass right under the bow of our ship

 

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     I finally got a shot at a double fluke

 

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    It took the Captain several attempts to find thick and stable enough ice to lock the ship into. Nothings cooler than hanging over the bow as the ship smashes through the ice, the sights and sounds are like nothing you have ever seen or heard.

 

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    Once the ship rammed into the ice and got firmly embedded, the Captain left the engines running on idle to keep us lodged in. A gangway was then lowered onto the ice 

 

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       Some of the staff went out first to test the safety and stability of the Fast Ice

 

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         Helping lock the ship into the Fast Ice

 

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        Looks stuck pretty good to me

 

       Click above photo for my "Fast Ice" time lapse video:

    Notice toward the end of the video the arrival of the Emperor Penguin     

 

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            A special treat out on the ice

 

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      A BBQ out on the ice. Life jackets on everyone in case we fall through the ice.

 

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           Enjoying a snack out on the ice        

 

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        Got to make some snow angels

 

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        An Emperor Penguin gazing on as two cross country skiers pass by.

 

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      A lone Gentoo Penguin heads back into the water

 

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     It is a rare to see Emperor Penguins in this area, it was thought this guy was 1-2 years old and was a bit lost.

 

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      On this trip we have now seen all 8 Penguin species of the Antarctic region, a first for us.

      

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       Emperor Penguin

 

                      Click above photo for a short Emperor Penguin video:

 

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      The next day we explored Danco and Cuverville Islands along with their gorgeous ice fields. Zodiac heading back to the ship anchored off Danco Island

 

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    Icebergs begin life as snow falling on land to form glaciers or ice sheets that build up over hundreds, thousands or even millions of years, flowing downhill towards the sea under their own weight as frozen rivers. Eventually they reach the sea where they sometimes break off in a process known as "calving",  then floating out to sea.

 

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       Icebergs are made of fresh water and float around in sea water, small ones weigh hundreds of tons, typical ones weigh 100,000+ tons and the biggest ones billions of tons. They can be very beautiful yet very dangerous.

 

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      Most Icebergs are white in color but older icebergs can have spectacular shades of blue and green. Overtime snow builds up in layers freezing solid into ice often trapping many little air bubbles. Overtime as the ice builds up it gets compressed under very high pressure becoming extremely heavy and dense, squeezing the air bubbles smaller and smaller and forcing the smaller ice crystals to grow together and merge into larger grains. When light encounters the dense, compressed ice, much of the light penetrates it. The ice absorbs longer wavelengths of colors, such as red and yellow. Colors of shorter wavelengths, like green and blue, reflect the light creating this "leftover" blue-green light creating some remarkable colors.

 

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      Exploring the Ice around Cuverville Island

 

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      Notice the smooth sculptured texture of the ice. This berg had flipped over so you now see the bottom with some fresh blown snow.

 

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        Exploring the icebergs around Danco Island. Notice the erosion of the icebergs along the water line. Think about how that might alter it's shape and behavior over time.

 

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       Gentoo Penguins swimming past our Zodiac near Danco Island

 

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       When in a hurry these Gentoos porpoise out of the water as they swim 

      

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     Sunset over Antarctic Sound

 

  Stay tuned for the Final Chapter of "Antarctica Wanderings" VI: Land of Ice - Part 2

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If you missed our last "Antarctica Wanderings" Part IV visit: South Georgia Part 2

 

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      Part VI of "Antarctica Wanderings" is our final chapter of our Antarctica Photo Expedition……

 

        As the Captain gently grounded the ship a few meters from the shoreline we geared up for a very short Zodiac trip to a landing on the ice and snow covered banks of picturesque Neko Harbor. As we shed our life jackets into the bins we noticed the snow was sprinkled with sand, small pebbles and gravel. Little did we know it was sign of what was to come. Even as we moved 10 meters inland there were the signs that the debris may have come from a large wave maybe a tsunami wave from the calving of the nearby tidewater glaciers which seemed to run down every valley into Neko Harbor. We strapped our dry-bags to the bins and started our hike up the snowy trail to an overlook and a Gentoo Penguin Colony. It was sunny blue sky morning with warm temperatures in the mid 30s and no wind. As we hiked higher up the hill we shed our parkas and stashed them in a snow hole along the trail.

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        After landing at Neko Harbour we began hiking up to the ridge line overlooking the bay

 

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         As we hiked up we passed a series of "Penguin Highways", well worn tracks in the snow between the colony and the sea. As we hiked across the snow we needed to be careful of "post-holing" where our weight creates deep circular holes in the snow, which Penguins can fall into getting trapped.  

 

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             Notice the old whale vertebrae 

 

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        A few of us stopped partway up the hill to photograph the Gentoo Penguin colony, with a tidewater glacier as a backdrop

 

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     Then out of no-where there were booming thunderous explosions echoing between the mountain sides, huge cracking and sliding noises and then we saw a large section of ice was crumbling, breaking off the glacier’s face and crashing down into the bay. We raised our cameras to capture the scene and Linda pulled out her iphone for some video, but the next thing we heard were SHOUTS of “UP”, “UP”, “UP” the naturalists were yelling that we should run higher up the mountain away from the oncoming tsunami waves created by the calving ice. We luckily were fairly high up the slope well away from the crashing waves. The ship was fine, the zodiacs headed out into deeper water away from the waves. But there were a number of people exploring the Penguin colony along the shoreline. As the waves banged along the shoreline it almost seemed to be in slow motion, I looked over to the left at a small group of people down near the shoreline. As the warnings to run rang out I watched them dart and run up the hill with more than one falling down, luckily well beyond the reach of the crashing waves. Luckily no one was hurt but the waves took out over 50 life jacket as the bins got swept into the sea and the jackets started popping as the water set off their CO2 inflators. The waves slowly petered out but the rest of the morning was filled with periodic booms and explosions from avalanches and more glacial calving. Of course we were always at the ready and jumping around hoping to catch “The Shot”. 

 

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       As the glacial wall collapsed into the bay a series of waves began to build creating a Tsunami or Tidal Wave headed our way on the opposite shoreline. 

 

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     As the waves crashed on our shoreline our Guides and Naturalists started yelling "UP, UP, UP", instructing us to quickly move uphill away from the waves. 

 

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      Wave after wave began breaking on our shoreline and washing up towards us and the Penguin colony 

 

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     While we were fairly high up the slope some of our landing party was down along the water's edge and began running, falling and crawling to safety. 

 

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      Even the Penguins began running inland and uphill. The zodiacs moved into deeper water away from the waves 

 

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     Once the Tsunami was over the once clear bay was covered in ice. As we were leaving Neko Harbor later that day there was another large calving and Tsunami although we were all safely aboard the ship  

 

                  

      Neko Harbor Glacial Calving and Tsunami.  Click above photo for our video:

       

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      After all the excitement we continued our hike up the slope, it was a beautiful warm day in the high 30s day, at least for a few hours. Notice the ice floating in the harbor from the calving. Every once and awhile we would hear large cracking sounds as small icebergs cracked flipped and broke apart from the warmer water temperatures.

 

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      Hiking up over Neko Harbor

 

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            Gentoo Penguins

 

       We parked ourselves along one of the Penguin highways to watch their comings and goings

 

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           Collecting pebbles for nest building  

                    

       Click following link for Gentoo Penguin video:  Got Pebbles!

Its amazing at what lengths these little Gentoo Penguins go through to find the right collection of pebbles to make a nest. They will routinely pass by piles of pebbles in search for the right one. Then once they are laid out to form a crude circular pebble nest they sometimes seem to rearrange the pebbles on an almost constant basis. And of course one of the big concerns is having a pebble stolen by a Penguin too lazy to collect his own. Fascinating to watch. 

 

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              Gentoo Penguin collecting pebbles

 

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           The Weddell Seal is the most southerly breeding of all mammals, and one of the best known Antarctic seal species and a favorite meal of Killer Whales

 

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           Pano of Neko Harbor, glacier is on right side of frame 

 

   The Ship's professional Video Chronicler Eric Wehrmeister did an awesome job capturing the glacial calving at Neko Harbour.  Click above photo for the video:

 

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              Adelie Penguins on an ice floe

 

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           Opps! Adelie Penguins on the run   

 

      Penguins on the run time lapse as we cruise the ice of Antarctic Sound: Click above photo for Video:

 

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       We had the pleasure of traveling with a few scientists specializing in Cetacean Research with NOAA and it's Canadian equivalent. While sailing through the Gerlache Straits we came across a pod of about 2 dozen Killer Whales.

 

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      The Scientist's goal was to get some id photos of each of the Killer Whales, then to get some biopsy samples using a crossbow with special darts.  To id the Killer Whale you want a photo of the dorsal fin as well as the white saddle patch.

 

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          Male Killer Whales are larger and have very tall dorsal fins

 

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          At one point the Killer Whales started chasing a Penguin which jumped into the Zodiac for safety. But once he jumped back into the water he quickly became a Killer Whale snack. 

 

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         We passed some large icebergs in the Gerlache Straits

 

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          As we approached Paradise Harbor it was clear we were in for a treat with dead calm seas, awesome reflections and some huge arched icebergs

 

         Entering Paradise Harbor

 

             The Captain likes to park the ship in strange places. This time he edged right up to the rocks

 

    

         Zodiacs being deployed for some exploring of Paradise Harbor

 

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    The ship's bulbous bow edged up on the rocks

 

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      Amazing water clarity and awesome reflections      

 

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      This iceberg has flipped over revealing a very artistic bottom, now the top

 

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          It was a bit sunny

 

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       We came across a series of mushroom like icebergs. notice the edge where the icicles are hanging from. This was once the waterline but with constant melting and water erosion they seemed to rise up out of the water. At some point they will become top heavy and will flip over.

 

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       Blue Eyed Shag taking off. Similar to Cormorants these excellent divers need along runway to take off. 

 

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        Blue Eyed Shag diving for fish

 

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    Brown Station located in Paradise Harbor is an Argentine Antarctic base and scientific research station named after Admiral William Brown, the father of the Argentine Navy. It has been unoccupied each time we have been here.

 

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         Gentoo Penguin on the move

 

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          Some Gentoo Penguins popping out of the water  

 

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         This iceberg has already flipped over, notice how smooth the ice is.

 

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      Leopard Seal lounging on an ice floe, these guys are big, tough and nasty

 

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     Other than Killer Whales, the Leopard Seal is an apex predator in this ecosystem, with a taste for Penguins

 

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      Nice set of teeth

 

         Click above photo for a Paradise Harbor Zodiac cruise thru the ice fields

 

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      Cruising through the ice fields

 

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      While we were out in the zodiac we came across some friendly Vikings serving up some Hot Toddys  

 

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          Paradise Harbor and Brown Station

 

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            Leaving Paradise Harbor

 

   Leaving Paradise Harbor headed for Gerlache Straits. Click above photo for Time Lapse:

 

     We briefly met up with our sister ship the National Geographic Orion to get some extra CO2 cartridges to recharge the life jackets that got hit by the tsunami 

 

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     National Geographic Orion

 

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          Antarctic Sunrise 

 

   Crashing through the ice of Antarctic Sound: Click above photo for short video:   

       

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          Entering the very picturesque Lemaire Channel 

  

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       Click above photo for Lemaire Channel Video, our southernmost point

 

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         Approaching the southernmost point of our journey at 65' South Latitude

 

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  Cruising the ice of Antarctic Sound: Click above photo for Time Lapse:

 

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       Click above photo for short Drakes Passage Video:

   We were lucky again with our 6th calm crossing of Drakes Passage, one of the most notoriously rough ocean passages.           

 

       Safely back to Ushuaia Argentina the southernmost city on earth after an incredible journey to the bottom of the planet.

 

If you missed our last "Antarctica Wanderings" Part V visit:                   Land of Ice-Part 1

 

 

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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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    "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 

 

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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

 

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

 

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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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                            Click above photo for short TUTU party video: 


               Don't Miss Fantasy Fest Part 2

 

 

 

      Zombie Ride: Zombie Slide Show

    Masquerade March: Masquerade March Slide Show

 

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

 

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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

 

If you missed my last "Delta Wanderings -- Birds of the California Delta" blog post check it out at: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/delta-wanderings-XXIII-Sept-2017--Birds_of_the_California_Delta

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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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 “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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