31 January…Cruising Day 9…Brown Bluff, Antarctic Sound; Paulet Island, Weddell Sea
We crested the top of the Antarctica peninsula and have come down on the north-eastern side to Brown Bluff for our first adventure of the day and landing.
We did a landing on Brown Bluff…which was a fantastic visual of browns, reds and white.
Primary penguin inhabitants of this location were Adelie with some Gentoo in the mix.
These little guys were probably my most favorite of all the chicks that I photographed…so because of that, you have to suffer through a few more pics than usual.
I could have spent more time here with the chicks but I didn’t relish swimming to the next stop so I participated in the process. After loading up, we headed to Paulet Island…
On the way, blocky icebergs commanded a few pictures…
These little guys….
…were hitching a ride on this…
Arriving at Paulet Island we were greeted by approximately 150,000 mating pairs of Adelie = 300,000 penguins + two eggs each* = the potential of 600,000 penguins. *Even though a majority of may eggs hatch, the mortality of the chicks to predators and other acts-of-nature will reduce the numbers.
Looking out from the island, we saw some beautiful ice….
And so the excursion to Paulet comes to an end.
After the cruise-out as dusk was falling, we passed by some dramatic blocky icebergs….
Fast forward to after dinner….and I’ve just shut the door to my cabin getting ready to call it a day, Susan of RusSus Duo comes knocking on the door, telling me to grab my camera and head outside. It was around 10:00pm.
This was the cherry on top….the sky was on fire! Thank you Susan for the heads-up….
So ended another great day. We have one more full day of excursion before we head back across the Drake.