Most trips to Antarctica get as far south as the pensinula… we went a wee bit further… from Chile to New Zealand!
Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on Petermann Island, 10 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
Imperial Shags (Phalacrocorax atriceps) on Petermann Island, 10 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) – H. Harbord
Near Petermann Island, 10 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
En route to Stonnington Island, 11 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
At Stonnington Island, 11 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
Crabeater Seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) near Stonnington Island – H. Harbord
Peter the 1st Island, 13 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
Peter the 1st Island, 13 Dec 2009 – H. Harbord
South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) – H. Harbord
Fun facts about the Ross Ice Shelf? It’s 15-50 meters high, 600 kms long, and 487,000 sq kms in area. Most (90%) of it is below sea level. A big chunk (31,000 sq km) broke off from it in March 2000. – H. Harbord
“Awesome” is a word that seems to fit here… – H. Harbord
Inside Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910-1911 hut. This was the base for his expedition to the pole, an effort which resulted in his death. – H. Harbord
The boss…and Heather’s grandfather!
It’s like they left just yesterday… – H. Harbord
More Adélie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) – H. Harbord
McMurdo Station is US research station that studies the Ross Ice Shelf. Established in 1956 in time for the International Geophysical Year (1957), its population numbers ~1000 in summer, and ~200 in winter. There are 4 months of complete darkness in winter – H. Harbord
Woa! This isn’t something you see every day… – H. Harbord
More locomoting Adélies… – H. Harbord
“Shackleton named a glacier tongue and the glacier that fed it after my grandfather. I stayed up till 1.30am to try and see it” Seriously…how cool is that? – H. Harbord
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) at Cape Washington – H. Harbord
Now this is what I call birding… – H. Harbord
Young Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) – H. Harbord
At Cape Washington – H. Harbord
Christmas Day at Halkett Bay, 2009 – H. Harbord
This is what 250,000 pairs of Adélie Penguins looks like. Cape Adare, Boxing Day, 2009 – H. Harbord
Inside the Borchgrevink BNAE hut (1898) – the first expedition to overwinter in Antarctica – H. Harbord
Crest on ship’s bow – H. Harbord
Well done Heather!
Heather Harbord – “Epic Antarctica” by Andrew Bryant, 22 Feb 2018.
A scheduled speaker’s non-appearance threatened doom – until quick-witted Heather Harbord decided to take us all out instead – to Antarctica!
So. After a short pause, all went swimmingly well. Penguins, orcas, ice. More penguins, more ice, and then, alas…
the dreaded technical glitch…
So we only got to see a portion of her slides. Heather, of course is a trooper who’s experienced such things before, so she gamely carried on, regaling us with her alternatively funny, poignant, and just just amazing tales.
A quarter of a million pairs of penguins – seriously?
King Penguins at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia – M. Moore
A couple of aptly-named Macaroni Penguins, South Georgia – M. Moore
The magnificent Northern Giant Petrel – M. Moore
Fur seals, South Georgia – M. Moore
Elephant seals, South Georgia – M. Moore
A young bull fur seal, South Georgia. He’s not yet a “beach-master”…but give him time! – M. Moore
What’s not to love about King Penguins? – M. Moore
But Adelie Penguins are really nice too….note the chicks – M. Moore
These are Gentoo Penguins…with another chick – M. Moore
King Penguins. You can often see several age-classes in a single photo because the breeding cycle is about 14 months long! – M. Moore
Bronze bust of Capt Luis Pardo, who rescued the 22 remaining survivors from Earnest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition in 1916. Point Wild, Elephant Island – M. Moore
Neko Harbor, on the west coast of Graham Land. 64°50′S 62°33′W is pretty far south! – M. Moore
Entering Lemaire Channel at 65.13°S 64.00°W – M. Moore
The impressive “Una’s Tits”in Lemaire Channel. As Mike invariably put it, “y’know, there’s a pretty good story behind that…”– M. Moore
blue – M. Moore
Black-browed Albatross with chick – M. Moore
Foyn Harbor. This is the whaling tanker Guvernøren, which was lost with 16,614 barrels of whale oil after catching fire in 1915. – M. Moore
Antarctic Tern aboard the Guvernøren – M. Moore
Leopard Seals, with the Sea Adventurer and ice-covered mountains beyond – M. Moore
Crab-eater seals…which is an interesting name for them, because there ARE NO crabs in Antarctica…these guys are krill specialists – M. Moore
Leopard seal (note the red krill poo)… – M. Moore
lovely ice – M. Moore
Playing with a humpback – M. Moore
Just a man in his element – M. Moore
Mike Moore – “Antarctica”
by Andrew Bryant, 19 November 2015.
Our dear friend Captain Mike Moore took time off from skippering the ever-faithful Misty Isles and driving naturalists hither and fro in his zodiac, to show us what he does in the “off-season”…
…which is driving naturalists hither and fro…in a zodiac…in Antarctica!
The photos were breathtaking, and some of the stories behind them are incredible. Mike is a wonderful raconteur. I knew that krill was important, but had no idea of the pervasive prominence of pink poo!
Cedwyn Phillips – “South Georgia and Antarctica” by Andrew Bryant, 23 Apr 2014.
Cedwyn is from London, England but now calls Powell River home.
In 2010 he and his wife Peggy spent 18 nights aboard the M.V. Ocean Nova as it traveled from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Falklands Islands. From there they cruised south, touring several spots on South Georgia, before going even further south – to the northern tip of Antarctica!
Judging from the map, you can imagine that must have been quite the trip. And so it was. It’s our privilege to share some of the slides we got to see.
Cedwyn may be soft-spoken, but his images speak volumes – enjoy the trip!