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Some views of my "excellent adventure" on an expedition cruise to Macquarie Island.

Some views of my "excellent adventure" on an expedition cruise to Macquarie Island.

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  • The Meandering Matriarch’s Excellent Adventure
    My Expedition Cruise to New Zealand and the Sub-Antarctic on the Orion
  • A Wet Landing on Macquarie Island
  • The Elephant Seals Aren’t 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 who’s 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 organized
    The King Penguins do themselves proud
  • Approval from the Royals
    “Well done, lads”
  • Following 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 weren’t 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…
  • And it’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to Macquarie Island
    “I thought they’d never leave”