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I was in the southern Ocean and could not post these due to limited internet access in South Georgia. I realize most will never get there and this post is not meant to be one upmanship . The pix are here just to show bird pix. As my wife has it we have been blessed with the wherewithal to be able to do this. Too many complaints and I'll remove them. In order South Georgia Pipitx2, a gathering of King Penguins,Black Browed Albatross.172447350.jpg172447349.jpg172447323.jpg172447354.jpg

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1 hour ago, Bopbop said:

I was in the southern Ocean and could not post these due to limited internet access in South Georgia. I realize most will never get there and this post is not meant to be one upmanship . The pix are here just to show bird pix. As my wife has it we have been blessed with the wherewithal to be able to do this. Too many complaints and I'll remove them. In order South Georgia Pipitx2, a gathering of King Penguins,Black Browed Albatross.172447350.jpg172447349.jpg172447323.jpg172447354.jpg

Very jealous.

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1 hour ago, Bopbop said:

I was in the southern Ocean and could not post these due to limited internet access in South Georgia. I realize most will never get there and this post is not meant to be one upmanship . The pix are here just to show bird pix. As my wife has it we have been blessed with the wherewithal to be able to do this. Too many complaints and I'll remove them. In order South Georgia Pipitx2, a gathering of King Penguins,Black Browed Albatross.172447350.jpg172447349.jpg172447323.jpg172447354.jpg

No one on this forum will feel attacked by the birds you have seen. Nor should they. We’re all here to share our love of birds, wherever they may be found. 
Nice pics! Love the pipit

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6 minutes ago, Avery said:

No one on this forum will feel attacked by the birds you have seen. Nor should they.

Uh, hello? Did you not look at the photos? Those birds! They’re attacking me! 
 

Judt kidding, lol. You’re totally right. 

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8 hours ago, Bopbop said:

I was in the southern Ocean and could not post these due to limited internet access in South Georgia. I realize most will never get there and this post is not meant to be one upmanship . The pix are here just to show bird pix. As my wife has it we have been blessed with the wherewithal to be able to do this. Too many complaints and I'll remove them. In order South Georgia Pipitx2, a gathering of King Penguins,Black Browed Albatross.172447350.jpg172447349.jpg172447323.jpg172447354.jpg

Cooooool!  Any interesting stories from the trip?  I'd love to make it to Antarctica at some point.

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10 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

Cooooool!  Any interesting stories from the trip?  I'd love to make it to Antarctica at some point.

Nothing dramatic but at the time (2016) it was my trip of a lifetime. I've had some secondary trips of a lifetime since, to Galápagos for example and Costa Rica was marvelous.. I went to see the ice and snow, since I had seen some magnificent portfolio excerpts from other photographers. I classify myself as a nature photog, with birds, particularly in action and flying, as my favorites. Penguins were secondary at best. They were primary for all the other 'explorers' on the ship. But the minute I got off on Half Moon Island (many of the tours stop there) I was hooked on penguins, in that first case Gentoos. All over-all the time. I started collecting a Penguin Life list, up to 8 now. A major shortcoming of my trip to the Southern Ocean was missing the Magellanic Penguin around Ushuaia or the Falklands. 

While in the Antarctic Peninsula we saw Antarctic Terns and 4 penguin species (including one lonely Emperor on some fast ice), Snowy Sheath Bills (ugly) nesting Blue-eyed Shags with chicks (cormorants) and Skuas robbing nests (the guests all wanted to take the Skuas out 🙂 ), Humpbacks making bubble nets, a Killer whale pod, numerous Weddell and Crabeater seals and enough beautiful ice and snow to make me happy. I have some general recommendations from the trip if interested. 

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On 3/24/2022 at 2:38 PM, Bopbop said:

I was in the southern Ocean and could not post these due to limited internet access in South Georgia. I realize most will never get there and this post is not meant to be one upmanship . The pix are here just to show bird pix. As my wife has it we have been blessed with the wherewithal to be able to do this. Too many complaints and I'll remove them. In order South Georgia Pipitx2, a gathering of King Penguins,Black Browed Albatross.172447350.jpg172447349.jpg172447323.jpg172447354.jpg

No complaints here.  These are all beautiful pictures of birds that many of us have never seen in person.

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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

Not sure if it's my eyes or the lighting, (I usually run into this issue at least once on long enough birding trips) but I couldn't ID the bird from the distance while I was taking photos, but as soon as I got home and downloaded the batch, I recognized the American Kestrel.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/428550181

 

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Nice photo! I’d suggest cropping it so the bird stands out more. For example:

 

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Yesterday I ran into the most cooperative Black Turnstones ever. I took nearly 1800 photos of them, and spent over an hour watching and photographing them. At multiple times they came too close to focus(once within arms length!). I ended up keeping my ten favorite photos. Here are the “worst” two out of those ten. I’ll add the others in the next few days. 
Curious whether you guys would rate these at four or five stars? 
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/4285743612400?__hstc=264660688.773ffa764557d9e943

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/4285743412400?__hstc=264660688.773ffa764557d9e943

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