Campbell Island Adventures

4 March, 2019

Southern Royal Albatross Gamming on Campbell Island

Image (c) K.Ovsyanikova

Dropping anchor in Perseverance Harbour we were greeted by the green expanse of Campbell Island and, despite only being 10°C, the warmest temperature we've experienced in the last 15 days on our Ross Sea Antarctic expedition. Strong winds made for an exciting morning Zodiac cruise of the upper harbour where we watched Rockhopper Penguins expertly bounding over the craggy coastline as the occasional Hooker's/New Zealand Sea Lion tracked our passage from the water and Antarctic Terns called above. After lunch we landed on Campbell Island, where we followed the Col Lyall boardwalk flanked by blooming megaherbs Anisotome Latifola and Bulbinella Rossii as Southern Royal Albatross wheeled overhead and, further along, attentively raised their chicks to the chorus of juvenile gamming sessions. With winds around 50 knots at the saddle, we took in the expansive views before heading back to Spirit of Enderby. This evening we will set off for the Auckland Islands.

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