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ANTARCTICA, THE FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

Sunday 30th October - Sunday 20th November 2011

Pete Morris

Snow Petrel (Pete Morris)

Snow Petrel (Pete Morris)

We’ve all heard it before – a visit to Antarctica is like nothing else on our planet, it’s like visiting another world! Some of us may have wondered whether it really could be that special, that different? Well, I think that everyone in this group would agree that it really is the case, it is incomparable and a must for anyone that can manage it. A total of just 117 species of birds and 17 species of mammals is not in itself impressive for three weeks of birding, but the overall quality of wildlife viewing is unmatchable. Being immersed in the middle of thousands of Adelie Penguins; watching the crèche of Oakham Boys attended by braying King Penguins; being surrounded by albatrosses for days at a time; close-up encounters with Humpback Whales and Arnoux’s Beaked Whale’s - all unforgettable experiences in their own rights. Add to moments like those, the scenery, the sounds, the smells and you start to get the picture. It really is impossible to get it over in a few words, and hopefully some of the images at the back of the report will help to convey what we witnessed. It really was an awesome trip to the Great White Continent.

Light-mantled Albatross (Pete Morris)

Light-mantled Albatross (Pete Morris)