Brown Bluff - Antarctica

After experiencing an incredible Antarctica Sunrise, we zodiac'ed out at 5:30AM for our first landing on the continent at Brown Bluff, Antarctica.
For a number of passengers, this was their 7th continent ... but it was only #6 for me as I have not been to Australia. One big difference compared to Falklands and South Georgia was the lack of vegetation as only lichens, mosses, and algae can grow in the much harsher environment. But for our summer visit, the weather was fantastic with temperatures just above freezing and barely a breeze - a splendid introduction to Antarctica.

Beautiful morning at Brown Bluff Antarctica

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Roger (in yellow) zodiac's in with more passengers from the Ocean Nova

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A Gentoo Penguin among the piled up ice at the waterline

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Other Gentoo Penguins hanging out at Brown Bluff

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The Gentoo's allowed you to get quite close for photos

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Here's a close-up of his feet - mouseover to see if he needs a manicure! ;-)

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This Gentoo Penguin looks a bit lonely boxed inside some blue ice

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"A large blue popsicle" - mouseover to see 'em nibble on it!

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A Gentoo Penguin flaps his flippers - mouseover to see how amused the Juvenile Kelp Gull is ... ;-)

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Jim and Carol were pretty serious photographers and they took some great pictures!

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Alek taking penguin pictures and then setting up the remote controlled tripod with surgical gloves

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Picture from the remote camera with Fark Book in Antarctica behind 'em

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Invasion of the Adelie Penguins - mouseover image to see 'em move!

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They would just come marching down the beach in groups

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A couple of cute Adelie Penguins

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Penguin Chick with molting Fur

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Adelie chick being fed by its parent ... and then wanting more!

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Another Adelie chick chasing its parent for more food ... my kids are sometimes this persistent!

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Adelies eyeball the water - who is jumping in first?!?

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The penguins were coming-n-going like kids in a neighborhood pool!

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A dead penguin floating in the water - mouseover image to see the Cape Petrel nibble on it

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This Kelp Gull doesn't seem to approve - mouseover image for close-up

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A Leopard Seal takes a nap as a Zodiac drifts by

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Very nifty "Penguins on Ice" picture by Chris & Linda - mouseover image to see close-up

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Needless to say, lots of cool looking icebergs floating around

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Leaving Brown Bluff Antarctica - click here for higher-res pano

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If that wasn't enough pictures for you, here's some nifty animated sequences of more Gentoo Penguins in action. After a fantastic time on Brown Bluff, we returned to the ship for Brunch and then an afternoon zodiac cruise of Astrolabe Island.

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