All blood and guts--except for the glare of the crazed eye!
How the Head Gets Bloody
A feeding petrel crams its head in an elephant seal on the beach.
Breast to breast.
White v. Black
The dark one wins!
A Spectator Sport
Other petrels gather round the fight. Ringside seats.
Gruesome and Compelling
Beaks clamped together--who will quit first?
Blood and Beaks
A rare white morph Southern Giant Petrel fights with another, more common dark morph. The bloody heads? Not from fighting, but from feeding. On a dead elephant seal on the beach.
Nature Red and Bloody
Beak fights beak, wings out for leverage.
A Royal Hello
A Royal Penguin--found only on Maquarie Island, comes in close to say "hi"! It actually nibbled at the camera lens. Really wonderful, curious penguins.
Stately Royal Penguins
Standing tall, looking forward.
Royal Parent 2
Such tender care for a newly hatched chick.
Royal Pengin Portrait
A curious penguin approaches to check me out.
The chick--all belly--is just days old. It can hardly hold its head up.
Royal Parent 3
Beak to beak is royal penguin kiss!
A Royal (Penguin) Greeting
A royal greeting party--these curious penguins gathered around me to check us out! I love Royal Penguins!
King Penguin and the Spirit of the Sea
A mystical face appears in the waves of the sea around Maquarie Island. Can you make it out--chin, mouth, nose, eyes, forehead, hair? Just to the right and above the swimming penguin.
King Penguin Porpoises
King Penguins do not often get all the way out of the water!
King Penguins and the Colors of Life
Startling colors of the sea on Maquarie Island--half way to Antarctica--harmonize with the orange on the King Penguins!
King Penguin Pair Holding "Hands"
On the pebbled beach of Maquarie Island, I watched this courting couple for an hour. They deliberately "held flippers" or wings as they gaze to the sea--and into their own future?