Though often considered some-what of a "wildlife desert" the southern extent of the Melchior Islands turned out to be an excellent first stop on this Antarctic Peninsula adventure. I piled into a zodiac with a group of university students to find a colony of blue-eyed shags. Neither Paula nor I had ever been to this site, so finding these nesting birds required a lot of searching through binoculars from the moving zodiac. And yes, this makes me horribly sea-sick. Paula's zodiac located the colony first and my zodiac pulled in shortly after to complete our count. With the real work under our belts it was time to really explore!
|Blue-eyed shags with chicks|