karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)

Since we entered the Drake Passage last night, it's been quiet (well, relatively, sea is light to moderate and wind speed is 4-5). Lasting from about 10pm to 12am, the sun went down very slowly and clearly, with just a band of clouds providing some contrast. Utterly utterly beautiful.
Today it's still quiet and I've added another two to my list of seabirds (Sooty Albatross and Cape Petrel) plus the now very common Black-Brow Albatross and Southern Giant Petrels (in various shades).

The bridge tour was interesting with all its high-tech and classic charts and they definitely have the best view.

We're now pretty much on the centre point between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands and we're making very good progress towards our first destination in Antarctica, King George Island where penguins and sea elephants await.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)

The excitement didn't seem to end today. On our way to Cape Horn we spotted a group of Sea Lions playing in the sea and later several Fin Whales which were a bit too far away to get clear pics of but at least I saw them blow and the occasional fin.
We arrived at Cape Horn Island at around 5:30 and circumnavigated it slowly. It was cloudy and a bit windy but we still could see the rocks, the lighthouse and the albatross monument clearly. The winds were quiet, too, and even now that we've entered open sea (the dreaded Drake Passage), wind speed is only 4-5 on the Beaufort scale.
Dinner soon, then working through today's photos and then hopefully a good night's sleep. We'll be able to visit the bridge tomorrow so that will hopefully be interesting.

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