|Half-Moon Island - the Zodiac shuttle service|
Continuing a southwards passage of the South Shetland Islands, our next landing was on Half Moon Island. Despite its small size, - just 130 acres - imposing mountains loom close to the shore, creating a penguin theme-park of tilted slopes, lofty look-outs and icy snow chutes.
|Snowy slopes on Half-Moon Island|
|False impressions? A sun-drenched landing|
|Weddell Seal at Half Moon Island|
The most bizarre behaviour we witnessed here was a Macaroni penguin who appeared to have infiltrated the chipnstrap colony and was attempting to cross-breed with one of its cousins. Penguin-pro, Frank Todd, informed us that this yellow-browed fellow had been a resident of 'chinstrap rock' for a number of years now, and was, as yet unperturbed by the lack of eggs produced.
|Macaroni in the midst at Half-Moon Island|
|Chinstrap with chick at Half-moon island|
This blog-post forms part of a series of adventures experienced on-board the M/S Expedition in January 2012, whilst on an Antarctic Cruise - The Spirit of Shackleton - courtesy of Gadventures