Wow

13 Oct 2009 12:21 am
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Seal)
As I was watching Fastforward at the original time I just caught up on Life (the new BBC wildlife programme narrated by Uncle David). Awesome pictures and some new information as well. The macro sequences of the venus flytraps were beautiful, the fight of the chinstraps against the ice and the leopard seal moving, things like the tree frogs and the tool using capucin monkeys astounding etc.

Also, it's something special when they show as remote places as Deception Island in Antarctica and I can say, yup, been there, seen Chinstrap Penguins from 5m away. I also saw Leopard and Crabeater Seals (the one in the icon is a Weddell Seal) but no Orcas (there actually were some which showed up in the 10 minutes I was under deck once, I'm still kicking myself).
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Arrival in Ushuaia and a short trip to the national park. This is pretty much the end. I've got a few from Buenos Aires but they were all taken from the bus so aren't great.

 
 


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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)

The internet cafe wasn't open last night so I couldn't update. Sorry about that.
I also can't upload photos which is a pity as I have some awesome shots already...

Brief update: Yesterday we flew to Punta Arenas and then took a bus to the Otway Sound with its colony of Magellanic Penguins. Awesome, just utterly awesome. The pengs don't really care about the humans walking around the wooden bridge/path or they actually know that they're being watched and pose for the camera. I've got a number of really cool photos. The light was OK (cloudy but not raining) so good enough to take reasonable photos. The only pity was that we only had an hour and a bit there while I could easily have spent a whole day.
Also seen: a fricking huge condor (from afar, no photo), several Karakaras, male Nandus and their offspring, Grey Eagles and various other birds big and small.
Back to Punto Arenas and check in at the ship, i.e. more queuing and waiting. Have a wonderful and comfy cabin, the food is good and plentiful (I'm not going to lose weight on this trip...) and the weather has been quiet so far.

Today, we first came up to Tucker Island where Magellanic Penguins and (King) Kormorans nest. Was very lucky to get a cool shot of a Kormoran in flight. *smug* Also seen: Dolfins, Skua and other sea birds.
Later, we went through the St. Gabriel Channel, with the Violetta Glacier (blue ice on top, rock with many many waterfalls beneath, Southern Beech woods at the bottom). It was very windy but not too cold and the sea is nice and calm.

More tonight.

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