This morning we landed at Cuverville Island and visited the Gentoo penguin rookery there. Hundreds of moulting birds colonized the beach, and those of us sitting quietly on a rock were approached closely by the curious chicks! As we had lunch, we sailed on through the ice-filled and very scenic Errera Channel. On our afternoon landing at Neko Harbour, we set foot on the Antarctic continent itself, not on one of its offshore islands. In bright sunlight and no wind at all, we climbed up on the hill behind the penguin colony. What a splendid view from up there over all the nearby glaciers!
The picture of the day was taken by Karen McAuley.