Winter is Coming!

Sunday, March 12th 2017

I received an email from Stacey giving us some news and photographs.  Technology is amazing as I have said before - an email all the way from down south!

Last week to go now - the ship comes next Sunday. Here is a final instalment for the blog.  All a bit rushed I'm afraid as I have a lot to do.

Winter seems to have returned to Signy this week and everything is covered in snow. 

Winter is coming at Signy

This is the enormous square iceberg that I think you put on the blog a while back, which this week suddenly broke into three and tipped up sideways. It gives an idea of how big it was to begin with as this is only a third of it!  You can see the horizontal line that would have been at the waterline until it tipped up, and now the underwater part is revealed too.

Upturned iceberg!

Adult Chinstraps that have finished breeding have now returned to the colonies to moult all of their feathers.   (Wonder if you can do a moult score?)

Moulting Chinstrap Penguins

Friday morning’s sunrise. As the days get shorter sunrise is at a much more civilised time for taking pictures!

Sunrise on Signy

The Shackleton is due on Sunday 19th and will be with us for a couple of days while we close down, then we'll be heading for the Falklands. The usual links are as follows:

The ship tracker showing its location is at:  http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=ZDLS1

The Shackleton Webcam is at: https://www.bas.ac.uk/data/our-data/images/webcams/rrs-ernest-shackleton-webcam/

That's all for now as I have many boxes to pack. But I'll see you in a few weeks.

If you want to read more about Stacey's time and what she does on Signy then this link will take you to her Blog - http://staceyinantarctica.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks Stacey for your photos and for keeping us updated on your time down on Signy - see you soon.


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