Wandering Albatross over Possession Bay

6" x 12",  Oil on Panel,  1995

A wandering albatross soars over the calmer waters of Possession Bay, South Georgia before its flight out to the wild and stormy Southern Ocean to feed. It may travel some 5000 miles over a period of 12 days scavenging the surface waters, of which squid may form a substantial part of their diet.

The bay was named by Captain Cook. He landed there in January 1775 claiming the island for King George III during his second voyage of exploration. The distant mountains are peaks of the Allardyce Range which form the rocky spine of the island.  Before them lies the Murray Snowfield across which Sir Ernest Shackleton trekked to safety in May 1916.  He then went on to rescue his stranded comrades marooned on Elephant Island some 800 miles away after his ship Endurance was crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea in October 1915.

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