Species: Antarctic Fur Seal | Location: Robert Island, Antarctica
We made our last landing of the trip at Robert Point on Robert Island, Antarctica. This is usually a place where groups can't land due to the wind, as it's very exposed. As had been the case the entire trip, there was very little wind; although there was a mix of clouds and sun. There was hiking, a Chinstrap Penguin colony and lots of fur seals at this landing. I initially spent time taking penguin pictures. Then I noticed that two of the younger fur seals were practicing their fighting skills. I took several shots of the entire animal, but there was always another seal in the frame. I then zoomed in on the heads and got a cleaner shot. I then had to head back to the landing and back to the ship, so that we could head back across the Drake Passage (Lake on this trip - no wind and no birds).
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About The Photographer
I am a retired product management and development professional who now spends most of my time traveling the world taking photographs. I started taking pictures when I was six and continued my interest in photography in my adult life. I have won international photographic competitions, including 3 best-in-the-world nature print awards in the Kodak International Salon. I have also won an award in the Ocean Conservancy 2016 contest. Two of my images were featured in the 2018 Ocean Conservancy calendar and three images are in the 2019 calendar. My images have also been published in National Wildlife magazine, National Gardening magazine, Florida Wildlife magazine and on the World Wildlife Fund web site. I have exhibited in numerous juried art shows and galleries. When home, I give presentations to community groups about the countries and communities I’ve visited, and talk about the environmental changes I have captured in my photography.