Walking with Penguins

This morning we haved been walking with King Penguins - an incredible experience!
We were at St. Andrew's Bay, Salisbury Plain where there is a breeding colony of
King Penguins.It's still early in the season but at its peak there are 200,000 birds.
As these Penguins breed over a two year cycle, we also had a good mix of last
season's fat brown, fluffy youngsters in with the thousands of adults. We were able to walk
amongst them which was amazing. Brilliant to see and fascinating behaviour to watch.

As we are still unable to upload our own photos, the photo below is from the expedition
literature provided to us by Quark Expeditions.

Penguin Colony- photo by Quark Expeditions

It was a beautiful day too, blue sky and sunshine- too hot with our expedition parkas on!
There were lots of Elephant Seals and plenty of Antarctic Fur Seals to be careful of,
they can be aggressive.

Brown Skuas were nesting right by the path and we had views of South Georgia Pipit,
and South Georgia Pintail too,along with plenty of Snowy Sheathbills, weird, white,
almost chicken-like omnivorous birds that will even eat Penguin poo!
They were certainly curious about us and our bags.

We are now at Gold Harbour, a beautiful place, still sunny but too big a swell to land sadly.
We will be sailing on to the former whaling station of Grytvyken from here.

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