Seventh Continent Ticked

We've just ticked off the seventh continent as we landed this morning on Paulet Island
which is part of the Antarctic Continent. We took a Zodiac cruise along the shore,
dodging the growlers (small icebergs) and watched Adelie Penguins and Weddel seals
on the beach.

Then we landed on the island and we were able to walk amongst the Adelies. These Penguins
had already started breeding so we were able to see them on their nests which are simple
mounds on stones. Very entertaining watching them trying to steal a stone from a
neighbough's nest for their own when they weren't paying attention.
Every so often one would stand up and rotate the egg they were carefully incubating.
More real live David Attenborough stuff !

Yesterday we visited Elephant Island where part of Ernest Shackleton's exploration
team had to survive for four months while he and the rest of the team went to find rescue.
A really bleak place and it really brought home how harsh their conditions must have been !

Chinstrap Penguin - photo by Tropical Birding

We also saw Chinstrap Penguins and Macaroni Penguins - so our Penguin list
is doing really well !

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