We have returned from a successful season in the Southern Ocean servicing a network of time-lapse cameras and counting colonies for Penguin Watch project.
This year, we started on the Kapitan Khlebnikov - a Russian Icebreaker chartered by Quark Expeditions - to visit the Snow Hill Island Emperor penguin colony. We then moved on to camp at George’s Point on the Antarctic Peninsula, where we were studying Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins. We only need to camp for specific tasks that take longer than a normal landing.
Finally, there was an extended period hitch-hiking on the Ocean Endeavour, a Quark Expeditions ship, that took us all around the Southern Ocean to access cameras and count colonies. Images for monitoring from cameras are now up on Penguin Watch.