Aitcho Island, South Shetlands, Antarctic region

Aitcho Island is named after the Home Office of Great Britain (HO). There are colonies of Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins here. Most penguin species lay 2 eggs. A few Southern Elephant Seals were “hauled up” on the beach.

Aitcho Island

Gentoo Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin

with two chicks

chicks are under 2 week old

Chinstrap chicks

guano-stained Chinstrap on the way to the sea

Gentoos returning from the sea

Elephant Seals hauled up on the beach

Aitcho Island

January 6, 2017

Miles Hearn

 

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