After ending the previous day with an amazing visit to
Salisbury Plains, our morning stop for the 2nd day on
South Georgia was nearby Prion Island.
For this landing, we had to split into
two groups and the Starboard side of the ship went first, so I was on
the Zodiac at 5:30AM. It was another
foggy morning (similar to the morning before when we went to
but this just add to the surrealness on this grassy island.
We ascended up a wooded boardwalk (dodging an occasional seal) to the
breeding area for the Wandering Albatross who have
the largest wingspan (12 feet!) of any living bird.
The ship's doctor Kate (nice lady) took this picture of passing traffic on the boardwalk ...
Fur Seals are well hidden in the Tussock Grass ... but they'll bark at 'ya! ;-)
Mom with baby seal ... they are pretty cute when they don't hiss at 'ya!
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Prion Island Wandering Albatross - my shots were lousy, so here's a few
from Carol Monaco
That's probably a ten foot wingspan - mouseover image for wide-angle view
Pictures taken a few second apart - one on the right is with flash
Unfortunately, during the first visit, there were only a few
Wandering Albatross visible from a distance as the fog rolled in,
so I didn't see too much.
However, some people in the second group had better sightings plus
even saw one takeoff and
described it was "747 going down a runway" as they get
quite the running head start while their giant wings flap around.
After all were back on-board the ship, we enjoyed a hearty brunch and
nice nap (!) as the Ocean Nova re-positioned to
Fortuna Bay where we would re-enact the Shackleton walk.