When you watch the Penguins for a few days continuously, you almost start feeling you have visited some village/town where there are numerous people in a fair. Their social nature, the body posture and the style of walking on legs is very human like and that is perhaps why Penguins have captured imaginations of artists and story tellers for decades.
While Gentoo penguins were the abundant lot in Antarctica, I was very eager to enjoy the other two species of the bush-tail family, the Adelie and Chinstrap penguins.
After nearly five days in the peninsula and after close to 5-6 landings we were blessed with perfect weather conditions in the Lemaire channel which was a picturesque area of the Antarctic peninsula. Now that enabled us to undertake over two dozen landings and one of the best was this tiny island which was a promising Chinstrap Penguin colony.
While I am making my gigantic stride around the globe to get home from the southern oceans, I’d like to leave a primer to what I witnessed on the planet’s last wilderness – Antarctica.
We spent 15 days in the sea cruising from Argentina’s Ushuaia town to the Antarctic peninsula. Usually touristy trips to this region can span 21 days with more than half of the time being at sea reaching places, how ever ours was a special interest group which didn’t want to see everything in bits and pieces but focused on some specialities.
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There’s something about the polar regions that I am in love with. This image of the Polar Bears were shot from a zodiac in Svalbard last summer.
With 24 hours sun light there’s a lot of to see and explore on our expeditions in summer.
Check out for 2015 expedition here:
In the recent times, Whale sighting in Kamchakta has become quite a frequent endeavour. This calf and its mother Humpback Whale were a delight to watch on our 2014 Expedition.
We are already taking bookings for the 2015 edition of Kamchatka: http://www.toehold.in/phototours/2015/kamchatka-wildlife-expedition.php
As you know am right now out of connectivity in Antarctica. I would be back in the first week of Dec with some updates. Until then, see you!
Good morning, as we speak I am crossing the amazing drakes passage, where the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean meets. The Swells in the sea at times can be 10 meters high. I am writing this post a few hours before embarking my ship. I’ll let you now of the actual situation in two weeks.
Well this picture is from a famous sighting we had in Svalbard in July 2013. The couple of bears we encountered gave us some amazing opportunities described in my popular post:
I’ll leave you with this image and see you in a few days folks.
On my way to Antarctica!
While you are reading this, I am in Buenos Aires, the capital and the largest city of the South America’s popular country Argentina. I am headed south to a town called Ushuaia which is the gateway to the last, inhospitable and icy continent of Antarctica.
Jaguars are one of the most fascinating cats and sighting this secretive hunter is relatively easy in Brazil’s Pantanal Region. Ever since I learnt about this place in 2010 and did my first trip, it has been one of the destinations that makes me proud.