Posts Tagged ‘Hercules Bay’

Hercules Bay – Jumping Macaroni Penguins

February 28th, 2010 at 10:16 am (AST) by Jake Richter

February 25, 2010 – After our spectacular morning on the plains at Fortuna Bay, we took a short voyage up to Hercules Bay. During late afternoon, we enjoyed a private Zodiac tour – just us four Traveling Richters with staff photographer Mike Nolan as our guide and driver.

The light wasn’t great – it was already quite dark as far as our cameras were concerned, but that didn’t prevent us from being delighted at seeing a number of small colonies of Macaroni penguins. Better yet, there was constant Macaroni penguin traffic off and on small cliffs as the penguins leaped into the water to go feed, and fed penguins leaped out to feed their chicks.

Macaroni penguins plunging into the ocean

Macaroni penguins plunging into the ocean

The Macaroni penguin in the foreground has just leaped out of the water and appears suspended in mid-air

The Macaroni penguin in the foreground has just leaped out of the water and appears suspended in mid-air

The landscape in Hercules Bay was also stunning, with amazing rock formations showing evidence of the strong forces which shaped South Georgia eons ago.

Here the rock striations are colored by lichen, algae, and mosses

Here the rock striations are colored by lichen, algae, and mosses

And lest we forget, the glaciers and snows atop South Georgia’s impressive mountains also produce their own form of terrain change.

Snow melt creates this impressive cascading series of waterfalls at Hercules Bay

Snow melt creates this impressive cascading series of waterfalls at Hercules Bay

All in all, a very pleasant afternoon in the middle of a beautiful nowhere.

More photos available on my Flickr pages.

 

GPS Tracking – Fortuna Bay and Hercules Bay

February 25th, 2010 at 6:34 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

This morning found us back at Fortuna Bay where we visited a vast plain filled with fur seals, King penguins, and reindeer, but again under overcast skies with a fine mist. We moved to the sheltered harbor of Hercules Bay in the afternoon and saw our first Macaroni penguin colonies.

Not enough energy to do up a full blog post on either of these yet – maybe on Saturday while we’re at sea all day.

In the meantime, below is our GPS track, which started in Stromness last night, and ends in Rosita Harbour tonight.