South Georgia cruise to Royal Bay

March 12th, 2005

After several days spent crossing the South Scotia sea, the Antarctica cruise ship arrives in South Georgia, where our first landing is close to an enormous colony of King penguins, an absolutely stunning view, at Royal Bay.

King penguins colony
Well... what to say more? A view over a King penguin colony, is one of the most amazing sights during a South Georgia cruise.

 

Royal Bay - South Georgia Royal Bay - South Georgia
Tussoc grass The South Georgia island is partly covered by glaciers. Where the conditions permit, just a large chunk of grass, called Tussoc, grow. Often, during a cruise to South Georgia, from the cruise ship is possible to observe large colonies of King penguins populating the beaches.

 

King penguins King penguins
King penguins Our first landing in South Georgia is scheduled at Royal Bay, and we are soon surrounded by King penguins, curious to investigate about us.

 

King penguin
King penguin The King penguins are beautiful, smaller than the Emperor penguins, but with much more vivid colors.

 

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Pictures of King penguins

 

South Georgia King penguins South Georgia King penguins
South Georgia King penguins South Georgia King penguins
South Georgia King penguins South Georgia King penguins
More photos King penguins from the colony in Royal Bay, South Georgia.

 

Royal Bay - South Georgia Royal Bay - South Georgia

 

Royal Bay - South Georgia
King penguins in Royal Bay, South Georgia

 

Giant Petrel South Georgia
South Georgia There are not only king penguins in South Georgia and Royal Bay, but the beach is often shared also with fur seals, elephant seals, Antarctica giant petrels and other birds.

 

Skua
Picture of a skua, a scavenger bird that sometimes may eat also fresh eggs and small chicks.

 

Incubating penguin Incubating penguin
Incubating penguin Several king penguins are incubating, keeping the egg on their feet.

 

Incubating king penguin Incubating king penguin
Other King penguins incubating an egg on their feet.

 

King penguin colony
After a short walk, I arrive closer to the King penguin colony at Royal Bay.

 

King penguin colony King penguin colony - South Georgia
The view over the colony is absolutely stunning, there are penguins as far as there is land.


 

King penguin colony - South Georgia King penguin colony - South Georgia
These king penguin pictures are self-describing, no more words needed!


 

Wildlife encounters - South Georgia
The rules say to always stay at least 5 metres away from wildlife, however it is sufficient just to stop and sit down, that in few minutes some peguin will come very close to investigate.

 

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