We all slept well after the wonderful hike from
abandoned Stromness whaling station, but we were up early for yet another
early wakeup call for the 5:30AM zodiac run to Saint Andrews Bay, the
largest King Penguin rookery in South Georgia ... and therefore the world!
Mountains, Glaciers, Streams ... and almost a million King Penguins!
The view from the Ocean Nova as it approaches Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Alek "wishes you were here!" at Saint Andrews - mouseover to see someone else doing the same! ;-)
Suzanne took this picture of Tom with some new found friends on the beach
The human visitors stood out in our red polar jackets
Especially compared to the tuxedoed King Penguins!
Bob & Collette did dress up more "formally" as seen in this picture from Margaret ;-)
This King Penguin chick was the first to go walking by the camera
Penguin Huddle - "OK, you fake left and go right, you run a buttonhook, and you go deep - BREAK!"
Molting King Penguin tries to stay cool - mouseover image for fanning action
Bethany & Pawan pass two King Penguins also out for a stroll - mouseover image for wide-angle
They seemed to often walk in pairs
Various stages of King Penguin molting is shown here
King Penguins are truly Regal looking
King Penguin checks out a bird and then the remote camera
King Penguins come close to the camera - note tripod shadow - mouseover image for another view
Close-up of King Penguin with beak very close to the camera
Alek and a King Penguin chick "wave and itch" in unison! ;-)
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Another King Penguin chick - mouseover image to see him amble
This King Penguin is a bit further along in the molting process
South Georgia is just Gorgeous
Alek fires the wireless remote as a group of King Penguin chicks gather around the camera
An occasional Fur Seal would also stop by to check out the camera
A couple of King Penguins kissing
"Man, even in South Georgia, we can't get away from the Paparazzi! ;-)"
Greg followed this twosome around ... and ended up snapping this picture! ;-)
One last picture as I was heading back to the Zodiac
This sums up Saint Andrews, South Georgia - Jim and a million King Penguins!
South Georgia just continued to be amazing ... the on-board naturalist
estimated 3/4 of a million penguins at
Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia. They were everywhere and especially
densely packed near the water, plus had no fear of humans.
So if that's not enough of 'em for you, there are even more pictures of
King Penguins at Saint Andrews, South Georgia.
We finally had to return back to the ship for a
"King Penguin" brunch (just named that rather than describing the food served)
onboard the Ocean Nova as it pulled up anchor and headed for
Maiviken, South Georgia.