Salisbury Plain and Prion Island, South Georgia

Another wildlife feast for our eyes.

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Fur seal and giant petrels, non-aggressive and not covered in blood for a change.

Not all passengers landed this morning as the conditions were a little more interesting.

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Going into the water is a dangerous time for penguins as their predators are marine mammals, so they form a queue and mess around for ages, but some penguins sneakily stay at the front, select where to go in and then jump to the back of the queue.
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 a porpoising penguin

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Prion Island was our afternoon stop and a select few only get to land here. The season for Antarctica is short and only between late spring and early summer are landings permitted, so this island is out of bounds most of the year. The boat's twitchers were in a state of extreme excitement, only matched by sightings of the South Georgia Pipit, the world's most southerly songbird.

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 blue eyed cormorants

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 albatross chick

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suckling pup

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Without a doubt the highlight was a very large leopard seal who personally greeted every boat and slightly more scarily, every kayak. This massive, fearsome predator's size can only be appreciated by seeing it next to a kayak

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image from G Expeditions resident photographer Paul

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Murray's pic as the leopard seal was so close Caroline's camera couldn't focus.