South Georgia (March 2008)

The island of South Georgia is about 120 miles wide. Although of a similar latitude south to the UK (north) its climate is much colder due to the influence from the Antarctic ice. Its surrounding islands are rodent-free and are the home to thousands of nesting seabirds, including Grey headed Albatross, prions and Southern Giant Petrels. We were lucky enough to visit Prion Island where the Wandering Albatross nest. We spent an afternoon at the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, walking round to King Edward's point. It was pouring with rain and I didn't take any photographs, except of the South Georgia pintails. South Georgia is also the nesting site of thousands of King Penguins, and the calls of the birds at Gold Harbour and St Andrew's Bay make this one of the great wildlife experiences. Numerous fur seals and elephant seals are on the beaches.

Approaching South Georgia Fortuna Bay Stromness
Gold Harbour Cooper's Bay Prion Island Beach
King Penguins at St Andrew's Bay Southern Giant Petrels' nesting Wandering Albatross on Prion Island