Gold Harbor & St. Andrews Bay

Nov 13, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


Today was International King Penguin Day! Well, not officially, but it certainly felt like it—it was a fantastic king penguin festival for those of us exploring South Georgia on the National Geographic Explorer. Our morning landing was at Gold Harbor, a gorgeous bay near the southern end of the island, which is backed by rugged mountain peaks and the Bertram Glacier, a river of ice that tumbles down a near vertical cliff behind the beach, and, in the midst of all, a colony of 25,000 pairs of king penguins. But this was just the appetizer. In the afternoon, we made a successful landing at St. Andrews Bay, the largest of all the king penguin colonies on South Georgia—home to over 250,000 pairs of these amazing birds!  And to top it all off the wind switched to the south and the skies cleared, making the day even more beautiful.

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David Cothran

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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