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Day 11: Bye Antarctica!

Deception Island, Antarctica

snow 34 °F

Today, our itinerary took the Coral Princess along Deception Island, which is actually an active volcano along the Shetland Islands just northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula. Following Deception Island, the ship began its track north through the Drake Passage for our next stop in two days: Ushuaia, Argentina — the southernmost city in the world! Before we approached Deception Island though, the Irish birders and I spotted several birds from outside the boat, such as these BROWN SKUAS:


When in Antarctica, expect a freak blizzard!

We were therefore afforded sub-par views of Deception Island, as well as a total dearth of birdlife due to the the bad weather conditions:

And as we were pulling away from the island, CHINSTRAP PENGUINS abounded, of which millions reside on Deception Island.

Bird-of-the-day to the Black-browed Albatross: I count myself lucky any day I see an albatross!

So a slower day today due to rain and fog, but hopefully tomorrow on the open sea will bring some wonderful pelagic birding!

Good birding,
World Life List: 1049 species (no life birds today)

Posted by skwclar 13:20 Archived in Antarctica

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