The Meandering Matriarchs Excellent Adventure
The Meandering Matriarchs Excellent AdventureMy Expedition Cruise to New Zealand and the Sub-Antarctic on the Orion 1
A Wet Landing on Macquarie Island
The Elephant Seals Arent Bothered
But the Penguins Are Curious
And some are confused
The Welcoming Committee Turns Out to Greet Us
They seem eager to show us around
The King Penguins disagree about whos in charge
So a Gentoo goes to get help
The Royal Penguins are busy
Some have other things on their minds
But someone finally takes things seriously
A parade is organizedThe King Penguins do themselves proud
Approval from the RoyalsWell done, ladsFollowing the parade, we had time to mingle with the locals
We were clearly more interested in them than they were in us.
They seem to get along with each other well enough. At least on land
The elephant seals had their own version of a parade
The juvenile males spent their time play-fighting; training for when they grow up.
As if the beauty of the place, and the locals on the beach werent enough, we were directed to a boardwalk up to a royal penguin rookery.
And, oh, my! What a sight!
Tens of thousands of royal penguins and their chicks
How cute are these little guys!
Royal Penguins just seem to have more fun. Are they doing the Happy Dance?
But, alas, our ship is waiting
I thought theyd never leaveAnd its time to say goodbye to Macquarie Island