Douglas Crag

In the late afternoon in South Georgia’s Drygalski Fjord, the scenery of the surrounding mountains was stunning. The snow and ice on Douglas Crag far above us was breathtaking! We are planning to return to South Georgia with another LuminOdyssey in 2017.

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Meet Gerald

Gerald is an Auckland Island Banded Dotterel (the endemic subspecies of the Banded Dotterel). I photographed him on New Zealand’s Enderby Island (part of the Auckland group) last December. I made this photograph with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a Sigma 120-300mm/2.8 lens while walking around the island. …

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Antarctic dawn in March

As we sailed south during our 2011 Antarctic LuminOdyssey, I woke early and went out to check the scenery. Looking back at the technical data of this photo, the exposure was only 1/80s, f/1.4, ISO 1600. So it was quite dark. And with very blue light: the colour temperature is …

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Committee meeting

Yesterday’s “gulp of shags” made me think about collective nouns. Vultures are an interesting example, with lots of different ones (e.g. wake, jury, vortex) depending on what the birds are doing. A simpler collective noun is a “committee” of vultures. It looks like someone interrupted the meeting! These White-backed Vultures were …

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A gulp of Shags

These Auckland Island Shags are a species endemic to the Auckland Islands, where I photographed this group last December. The difference in colour between the juveniles and adults is quite striking. A “gulp” is the collective noun for cormorants/shags. We will be returning to this location in December 2016 as …

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