Thursday, 19 February 2009

Half Moon Island

The morning started out foggy, but as the South Shetland Islands came in sight around lunch, the weather cleared up. In the afternoon, we landed at Half Moon Island, a beautiful Chinstrap Penguin rookery. Most of the chicks have already fledged, but hundreds of adults were still present as they molt after the breeding business. In addition, several dozen young male Fur seals populated the beaches of the island, training the fights that they will have when they are grown up and establishing their own harem. The day finished with a memorable sunset!

The pictures of the day were taken by Christian Vinzens and Jane Lee