22 March 2011

More Seals in the snow...ANTARCTICA (11 March)

While the Leopard Seal stole the show that afternoon, there was never a dull moment. One way there were our first young Southern Elephant Seals of the tour, squaring up to each other and may well the "beachmasters" of the future, then a dappled seal along the shore proved to be a specialist of this pack ice region, a delightful Weddell Seal. On top of all of this dainty Wilson's Storm-Petrels picked bits of penguin from the surface of the waters once the Leopard Seal had finished with it!

It was a truly dramatic opening day in Antarctica, with snow falling lightly around us, walking among Gentoo Penguins, and we even managed to find a few lingering Adelie Penguins that were hanging on in the colony longer than expected as they usually move off before this time of year. More of all of this to come...


Mary Howell Cromer said...

Your new banner image is really a wonderful choice. Your post images are all grand as well~

JRandSue said...

Fantastic collection of wonderful Birds,love your Header Sam.
Terrific images.