Exploring the Peninsula and a night out camping

We’ve had beautiful weather for our first couple of days exploring the Peninsula and had a chance to take advantage of great weather to spend a night out on Danco Island where the sound of calving glaciers kept us up all night.  We visited a Chilean research station and helped census gentoo and chinstrap penguin colonies.  Gentoos and chinstraps are just beginning to lay their first egg of the season (usually lay 2) as the snow is quite deep for this time of year.  The mid-size brush-tailed penguins (gentoo, chinstrap and adelie) all need exposed rocks (pebbles) to build their nests so will try and delay egg-laying until the snow melts enough to allow for nest building.

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