Return of the Animals: PENGUIN VS. SKUA!
As the temperature warms and the ice edge moves closer to McMurdo, there have been more Penguin, Seal and Skua sightings. It is awesome to see wildlife again!! I saw my first penguin at Pegasus runway with T.J. It was great to experience seeing my favorite animal in Antarctica with T.J. Last night, I saw my second penguin. This time, I hiked to hut point with warm clothes, my camera and my telephoto lens. When I arrived to hut point, I saw a lone sleeping penguin.
It was resting on the pressure ridges off hut point. I sat in the sun to wait for the penguin to wake up. After 30 minutes of the view above, I was getting ready to leave. I noticed a Skua circling, but I did not expect to see the penguin woken by a hungry Skua.
I luckily had my camera ready as the following scene unfolded:
The Skua flew away. The penguin wandered aimlessly and then found another resting spot.
Hope you enjoyed the photos!!