These are a group of rather barren islands 1,360 km (850 miles) north east of the Antarctic Peninsula. The climate is rather harsh, with strong winds, frequent rain and snow. Snow falls about 280 days each year. The bird life of the South Orkneys is plentiful, and Coronation Island is an important breeding site for the beautiful, but rather elusive pure white snow petrel. There are some large penguin rookeries, and a host of other seabirds also breed here.