Returning from our field trip on the 3rd we learnt about an additional delay in our team’s flight from
Jan 5th; the Oden is almost hidden in the blanket of blowing snow off Hut Point ridge.
Jan 6th; a few brave folks venture out in the winds at Hut Point to get a closer look at the Oden.
Today, Jan 6th, continued to be windy and overcast, although much less than yesterday and the flight arrival from
After lunch, I was headed back to the Crary lab, when I noticed a large number of black dots far out on the ice. I could bet they were penguins and they were moving away from town. I hurried into the lab and went up to the library from where, looking through the spotting scope I saw about twenty Adélie Penguins actually following the trail marked by flags on the ice leading away from town! Then miraculously, I spotted another smaller group of penguins right at the edge of the ice coming ashore just behind the Helo pads!
I couldn’t wait! I grabbed my cameras and rushed out towards the ice, where a few other lucky folks sat relaxing on the ground while six Adélies walked right up to them and started exploring the ground a few feet in front of them. I joined the group and members of both the avian and mammalian groups made observations about the others activities. We watched the birds call out to each other, excavate some stones and groom themselves. The show lasted for almost an hour until finally the done of a returning helicopter sent the penguins scampering off to the ice around Ob Hill, where they found a good spot to settle down for a rest.
It was indeed an incredibly lucky event. I had never imagined getting so close to a penguin that I could almost reach out and touch it!