Penguins On Parade

When a sudden storm descends on South Georgia, it’s time for David Tipling to linger a little longer on shore. He explains why he preferred to take pictures in the teeth of a gale instead of rushing back to the boat

Extreme weather can offer an ingredient within a bird photograph that can make it memorable. Whether monsoon-like rain, blizzards, or a storm tossed sea, I find simply being out shooting in such conditions to be invigorating.

While I enjoy getting out in rough weather at home in North Norfolk, it is not quite the same as being in a wilder, more remote corner of our planet. I can think of no better place for extreme bird photography than South Georgia. The profusion of life set against some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth makes this island a photographic heaven.

Early November is one of the best times to visit. Summer in the Southern Ocean is a time of plenty and often benign conditions. However, extreme weather is never far away.

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 2 of Wild Planet Photo Magazine.

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David Tipling is one of the world’s most published wildlife photographers. His images have featured in more than 40 books and his latest book, Birds and People (written by Mark Cocker) has just been published to wide acclaim.

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