South Georgia starts to come to life just before the arrival of the first expedition cruise ships at the start of November. The beaches are already dotted with rapidly growing elephant pups, while the massive beachmaster males still fight it out over the few female yet to breed. Throughout the month, male fur seals start to come on shore and claim their beachfront territories.
King penguins are also starting to return to shore to mate, while gentoo, macaroni and chinstrap penguins are starting to lay their eggs. Seabirds are also beginning to nest, including light-mantled albatrosses on the tussocky cliffs and brown skuas camouflaged on the ground near penguin colonies.
There's a small window of opportunity to see the wandering albatrosses on Prion Island before the site closes for the fur seal breeding season. Visitors in November still face the chance of snow, compensated on clear days by wonderful early morning and evening light.