Gentoo Penguin and Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig King George Island
Photograph taken by Helena Craig
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Antarctica Voyage Day 5 – 23 December 2015, Turrett Point, King George Island
Today we woke up close to King George Island, with a beautiful view across the sea. We were surrounded by ice bergs, lots and lots of Humpback Whale and ice on top of the water.
In the morning, we had a three hour excursion by Zodiac to the island. Here we saw colonies of Gentoo Penguins and Adelie Penguins, which was brilliant. We also saw South Polar Skuas and seals.
We were meant to have another landing in the afternoon on the other side of King George Island, but this was cancelled because of strong winds. We had to be content with sea watching from the bridge instead.
We saw lots of Humpback and Fin Whales, which were beautiful.
Best birds and animals:
South Polar Skua
Southern Giant-petrel (including White Nelly)
Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.
Mya-Rose is a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol 2015 Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter