Chinstrap penguin ballet

 

We can’t help but smile at this photo of a rather elegant-looking chinstrap penguin taken at Half Moon Island, Antarctica.  Approximately 2000 pairs of chinstraps live at Half Moon Island, though whether or not they are all as graceful as this guy remains to be determined.

 

Photo credit:  Daniel and Femke, during our Antarctic Explorer voyage in January 2013.

Little brother of the North

A colourful puffin is spotted on our Spitsbergen Explorer Expedition. It's name is derived from it's Latin genus name Fratercula which roughly translates to "Little Brother of the [...]

Spitsbergen Reindeer

Two of Santa's helpers stop to have a meal.     Photo by Quark Expeditions passenger "Robyn" on our Spitsbergen Explorer expedition, July 2012. See them for yourself wit[...]