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Fortuna Bay

We cruised slowly on a flat sea into Fortuna Bay, dominated by the beautiful Konig Glacier at its southern extremity. The sky was perfectly blue, and the temperature was 11C how lucky were we with the weather? By 8:00 a.m. on Boxing Day (December 26th for non-Brits) we hit the beach amidst a bunch of (as usual, aggressive) adult male Fur Seals, and walked up onto the grassy plateau at the foot of the glaciers. Away from the beach, it was all much more relaxed. Amongst the icy streams trickling down to the sea, thousands of King Penguins and many Fur and Elephant Seals make their home. In the distance, a small herd of reindeer trotted past a rather bizarre sight since these are creatures of the far north rather than the far south; they were introduced as a food source by early twentieth century whalers and have grown to a sustainable population of two thousand. This was a very picturesque spot, and we enjoyed just taking it all in and watching the behaviour of the wildlife all around us.
Konig Glacier, Fortuna Bay
Konig Glacier, Fortuna Bay
Konig Glacier, Fortuna Bay
Konig Glacier, Fortuna Bay
First Zodiac into the water
First Zodiac into the water
Reconnoitring the beach
Reconnoitring the beach
Ferrying passengers
Ferrying passengers
Lisa on the beach
Lisa on the beach
Pup Fur Seal feeding
Pup Fur Seal feeding
Adult bull Fur Seal
Adult bull Fur Seal
A relaxed female Fur Seal
A relaxed female Fur Seal
Reindeer - introduced by whalers in 1911
Reindeer - introduced by whalers in 1911
King Penguins by the creek
King Penguins by the creek
King Penguins by the creek
King Penguins by the creek
Other than the colours, a good likeness
Other than the colours, a good likeness
Hundreds of chicks about to fledge
Hundreds of chicks about to fledge
May I call this meeting to order?
"May I call this meeting to order?"
Following a parent, hoping for food
Following a parent, hoping for food
Two juvenile Fur Seals, mock fighting
Two juvenile Fur Seals, mock fighting
Subantarctic Skua (Catharacta antarctica Ionnbergi)
Subantarctic Skua (Catharacta antarctica Ionnbergi)
Moulting Elephant Seals
Moulting Elephant Seals