I had intended to try producing them as monochrome images but after trying to do this for the Image of the Week I decided they should be presented as originally exhibited. For me, the splendour of this part of the world works best in colour even though much of the wildlife are largely black and white! This first image is a Black Browed Albatross colony on the Falkland Islands. Although not pictured here, the Albatross share their nesting grounds with Rockhopper Penguins.
My second image was also taken on the Falkland Islands and this time features Magellanic Penguins taking a rest from the pounding seas. I particularly like the reflections of the penguins on the beach and the crashing waves behind – giving a sense of place to the image.
The third image, was taken in South Georgia and shows a colony of King Penguins sharing a beach with Fur Seals, who at the time we visited, were very aggressive, patrolling the beach from passing zodiac occupants!
And finally, my Image of the Week returns us to the Falkland Islands with another group of Magellanic Penguins resting in a sandy cove. As you can see from the angle of view, we were walking high up on the cliffs overlooking the beach. This is because the beach remains closed to humans because of the spoils of war. However, wildlife enjoy the quiet this provides to them. I was struck by the high perspective and the shapes of the penguins on the beach. My eye was drawn to the shape of the cove and the lines on the beach and the blue of the sea.