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Photos of the Week, March 31, 2023

This week's photos from the field featured adorable, fuzzy chicks in the Falkland Islands and Galápagos; stunning landscapes in Patagonia; and dazzling local performers in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, March 8, 2023

black browed albatross chick

Black-browed albatross chick. —Carl Erik Kilander, Naturalist


Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, March 10, 2023

black butterfly on yellow flowers

Heliconia butterfly on flowers. —Jose Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Canepa Bay, Staten Island, Argentina

Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island, March 12, 2023

National Geographic Resolution ship in front of hillside with sun shining in background

National Geographic Resolution nestled inside the idyllic rhyolite amphitheater of Canepa Bay. —Patrick Webster, Undersea Specialist


Owaraha, Solomon Islands

Rites and Relics: Fiji Firewalking, Vanuatu Volcanoes, and Beyond, March 14, 2023

close up of man with painted face and hat made of leaves

Once settled, we all walked to the courtyard, took a seat in the shade, and were treated to one of the most incredible, heartfelt cultural dances and performances that I have ever had the privilege of witnessing. —Martin Cohen, Naturalist


North Seymour Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 14, 2023

brown pelican splashing in the water

Some of us chose to go on a Zodiac ride along the shores of North Seymour. We encountered several fur seals (truly a type of sea lion), blue-footed boobies perched on the rocks, and plenty of magnificent frigatebirds nesting on the bushes. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Boca de Soledad, Baja California

Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, March 15, 2023

whale sticks its face out of the water

Today our guests ventured to the northern end of Magdalena Bay known as Boca De Soledad, where we were treated to multiple mother and calf pairs. One particular calf kept lifting its head out of the water with every exhale, giving us great looks at the whale's eye and cute little face. These babies were practicing swimming in the bay’s opening with its challenging, swift moving water.


Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Southern Patagonia: Glaciers, Fjords, and Wildlife, March 20, 2023

bright blue waterfall

Salto Grande waterfall. —Doug Gould, Naturalist


Beqa, Fiji

Rites and Relics: Fiji Firewalking, Vanuatu Volcanoes, and Beyond, March 22, 2023

men in grass skirts prepare hot coals for firewalking

This area is well known for firewalking. We watched as a group of men came out and removed huge logs from a fire that had been burning all day. With long branches, they smoothed out the rocks underneath – rocks heated beneath the flames for many hours. Without much fanfare, they walked across the rocks one by one. They walked slowly and made it look easy. We watched in silence and then erupted in applause. —Jennifer Kingsley, National Geographic Explorer (photo by Pepper Trail, Naturalist)


South Plaza Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 23, 2023

fuzzy white baby bird

An endemic swallow-tailed gull learns from its parents on South Plaza Island. —Omar Adrian, Naturalist