Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Patagonia (1/12)

I love being out and taking wildlife photos. Sitting in front of the computer for periods of time, can be challenging. So, not to making excuses, I am such a slacker, this trip was taken in January and I am just now getting around to posting the images. I scouted Patagonia with some photographer friends for a potential 2013 photo tour location. I am so fortunate to see another part of the world. No specific photo goals. The country was very similar to Alaska, just without the bears. This was both a land and sea trip. One of the my favorite species on this trip to photograph were the Magellanic Penguins. As you can see from the above and below images, these are very animated animals and I would have enjoyed spending some additional time photographing them.

The South American Sea Lions were plentiful. They generally allowed close approach without disturbance. Below you see a dominant male, female with juvenile and solitary female.

Seeing this female Black-necked Swan with the chicks on the back was special. The male always stayed close and kept guard as well as helped with feeding.

Never did I think that an opportunity to photograph the near endangered Andean Condor would happen on this trip. After a long hike up to the top a rocky mountain, the views and the photo opportunities were awesome. What huge wing spans (up to 10 feet)and interesting faces these guys have.

Crested Caracaras are common in this part of the world. The opportunities were ample compared to what we have in Florida and Texas.

I don't usually do Black & Whites. Due to the challenging light, the below images had better impact in that style. The first image below was taken shooting up from the tail area of a Humpback Whale. In difference to other mammals, a whale does not breath through its mouth. A whale's blowhole is the nose. So, whales open their blowhole and exhale air explosively when they surface. What you can see from from this photo is the two water spouts going to the left and right from each nostril just after coming up from below. The next two images are Elephant Seals. The bottom image of this series a male and juvenile South American Fur Seal.

I have never had such close experiences with whales. The below image gives you an idea of the proximity we were to the Humpbacks.

We witnessed several rainbows on the trip. Below, is one of my favs, due to the intensity of the rainbow. Lots more keepers from this trip and if inclined hop over to my web site for additional species and landscapes.
Blue Skies all.


Elaine said...

All I can say is Wow!! What a fantastic adventure you had, and you certainly made the most of it. A gorgeous series of photos!

Mike Bishop7 said...

Gracias por compartir esto con nosotros! He estado en una especie de rutina de los últimos tiempos y que está empezando a afectar a todos a mi alrededor, así que mi amigo me sugirió ir de vacaciones ya que nunca a ninguna parte. Yo no sabía a dónde ir y me dijo mi amigo ¿por qué no Viajes al fin del Mundo ! Después de la explicación futher explicó que hizo un viaje a la Patagonia y fue el mejor momento de su vida. Eso es todo lo que necesitaba escuchar OT, estoy listo para mis vacaciones en septiembre!