We must have done something right in our lives up until this moment, as all the collective karma on the boat merged and the skies parted in just the right way as we did a sunrise 6:00am landing at Salisbury Plain. I was on the first zodiac, and literally as soon as my feet hit the land, huge rays of light emerged in the sky, surrounding an enormous rainbow with a bright blue sky and green water and black rocks, and oh, did I mention, thousands and thousands of king penguins?? It was the most beautiful place I've ever seen, the light was magical, and the penguins were posing left and right.
I love using wide angle lenses on animals and these Kings didn't disappoint. There were glaciers in the background, tussock grass with fur seals, just pure magic, truly. We spent a few hours at Salisbury Plain, but there was more excitement ahead! Later that morning we visited Prion Island, climbing to the peak among hundreds of fur seals to arrive at the primary Wandering and Sooty Albatross breeding sites. The Albatross bumble-landed to feed their chicks, swooping within a few feet of our heads so you could hear the air moving. 360 sprawling views of South Georgia surrounded the nests. Finally, we made a third landing at Hercules Bay to see the Macaroni penguins hopping up sheer rock cliffs to their nests. They were quite comical and noisy. What a day!