Livingston Island

Hannah Point Travel Blog

 › entry 11 of 16 › view all entries
Heading to Livingston Island
sunrise 02:57, sunset 22:53

Hannah Point was on the south shore of Livingston Island. There were some interesting cliffs here. We anchored in the bay, and from the hills we had quite a good view of the ship in the bay as can be seen in a photo below. Here we saw not only the now familiar gentoo penguins but also chinstrap penguins, and an elephant seal breeding area. We even saw a couple of macaroni penguins (they have fun-looking orange eyebrows and large red beaks!) The elephant seals were on the beach closer to the water, and the penguins had to go past them to the water. But occasionally a seal would charge uphill and basically trample over the penguin nests. We saw one going up the hill, and penguins scattering, we felt so sorry for the penguins. That's nature at work I suppose.
A flock of pintado petrels
The gentoo penguin chicks were bigger here than in previous locations, but the chinstraps and macaronis were still sitting on their eggs. The penguin chicks were very soft and fluffy looking, really quite adorable. There were also sea gulls and skuas around, some of them stealing eggs from the penguins. We hiked up the hill side and over to the other side and had some dramatic views of the coastline.

About midday, the ship took up to the next island Aitcho in the Aitcho group. These are volcanic islands. and we took a hike to the far end of the island to get a view of the surrounding islands and waters. We also got to see some more elephant seals. The male was quite a lot larger than the females, and we got to see them pretty close-up. There ware also some interesting errosion and rock formations here.
The distant snow covered island and clouds and tabular icebergs were not easy to tell apart


This was our last stop in the Antarctic area. We would be heading back into Drake Passage soon. It was an introduction to the beautiful white continent. I don't know if the photos did much justice to convey its beauty. Some of the key thoughts I had about the Antarctic:
  • Everything here happens on a large scale, icebergs, number of penguins, size of the sky! Yeah, some places do have bigger skies than others. Ah, and the skies here had no contrails, no sign of airplanes flying overhead. Long daylight hours were not good for star watching, and the stars were unfamiliar.
  • The waters around the continent which we saw were really calm, and even I did not get seasick other than at the Drake Passage
  • The temperature was around 32F the whole time, not really cold. Of course we did not go into the interior of the continent where it may be different.
  • The place has immense natural beauty, very little signs of human activity. I hope it stays that way.
  • Penguins were really amazing birds and fun to watch
  • I wish we could have seen more whales
  • The stories of the Antarctic exploration were amazing examples of human courage and fascinating
  • There were more to see, and a trip to South Georgia to see the king penguins would be great.


portia says:
Thanks! The penguins are just amazing to watch.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2007
Chelsea says:
What a great blog, I love your observations of the bird and animal life.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2007
portia says:
wow, dive Antarctica! We had divers who work for the ship dive there, I think I mentioned that later in this blog.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2007
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Heading to Livingston Island
Heading to Livingston Island
A flock of pintado petrels
A flock of pintado petrels
The distant snow covered island an…
The distant snow covered island a…
Elephant seals on the beach next t…
Elephant seals on the beach next …
Hannah Point, penguin colonies on …
Hannah Point, penguin colonies on…
Gentoo penguins talking to each ot…
Gentoo penguins talking to each o…
Gentoo penguin feeding his/her chi…
Gentoo penguin feeding his/her ch…
Chinstrap penguin on his/her egg
Chinstrap penguin on his/her egg
An elephant seal charged up the sl…
An elephant seal charged up the s…
Gentoo penguin colony, many chicks…
Gentoo penguin colony, many chick…
Another gentoo penguin feeding its…
Another gentoo penguin feeding it…
some chinstrap penguins
some chinstrap penguins
Chinstrap penguin colony. They loo…
Chinstrap penguin colony. They lo…
A gentoo with 2 pretty big chicks
A gentoo with 2 pretty big chicks
Seagulls and a skua on the hill. W…
Seagulls and a skua on the hill. …
quite a view at Hannah Point, Anta…
quite a view at Hannah Point, Ant…
Another gorgeous view on Livingsto…
Another gorgeous view on Livingst…
Mount Perry on Brabant Island stic…
Mount Perry on Brabant Island sti…
On the main Aitcho island
On the main Aitcho island
Naturalist led tour on Aitcho, loo…
Naturalist led tour on Aitcho, lo…
on Aitcho, hiking to the far end o…
on Aitcho, hiking to the far end …
interesting castle-like rock where…
interesting castle-like rock wher…
Elephant seals on Aitcho
Elephant seals on Aitcho
more elephant seals on Aitcho
more elephant seals on Aitcho
Chinstrap penguin calling on Aitcho
Chinstrap penguin calling on Aitcho
Chinstrap penguin on Aitcho island…
Chinstrap penguin on Aitcho islan…
2 chinstraps arguing on Aitcho isl…
2 chinstraps arguing on Aitcho is…
A skua eating penguin egg on Aitcho
A skua eating penguin egg on Aitcho
Hannah Point
photo by: portia