Category Archives: travel

Readers’ photos

I say just “photos” because these aren’t wildlife photos (though several species are mentioned), but civilization photos. Still, please send in your wildlife photos, as I’m running low, and may have to cancel this feature. Let’s go to church this morning! These lovely photos come from William Savage, whose notes are indented: No wildlife this […]

Proprietor’s wildlife videos

For Sunday, we have three videos of chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus), all taken at Orne Harbor, Antarctica, on November 16. The first one shows males calling and displaying in their rookery. The males raise their heads, flap their wings, and emit raucous calls. Presumably they’re displaying their vigor to onlooking females. The next two show […]

Flying home

The title of this post, of course, comes from a famous song by Benny Goodman’s band, reportedly derived from a tune that Lionel Hampton (who was in the group) nervously whistled to himself before boarding a flight. I have a few more posts on Antarctica, though somehow it’s much harder to put these up when […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

We’re back to the “readers’ wildlife” feature, and I’ll put up one video from a reader and supplement it with two penguin videos I took. First, reader John Runnels from Louisiana sent a video from Baton Rouge with a gazillion pelicans. His notes simply say this: “White Pelicans, University Lake, Baton Rouge, LA, 14 November […]

A glacier that ends in a waterfall

A famous stretch of the Beagle Channel, one of the three ways to get around the southern part of South America, is called “Glacier Alley” (my photos here), whose north side harbors mountains with five famous glaciers that can be seen within a one-hour segment of a cruise. Here’s one, a specimen of a “hanging […]

PCCE’s wildlife videos: Chinstrap penguins

For those of you who submitted wildlife photos before I left, rest easy: I still have them and will post them. But I also have to begin posting my Antarctica videos, as I am putting them on YouTube rather than saving them on my computer. So here are three videos of chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus), […]

Penguin video!

I have a lot of videos from Antarctica, including one I didn’t think I had. I’ll show that one today, even though it’s short.  As I mentioned in a post on November 20, on a day when we couldn’t do a “landing” on the continent or an island, the captain of the Roald Amundsen plowed […]

I have landed!

I’ve made it to the U.S. and am cooling my heels in the Miami airport before flying to Chicago in an hour. It was a long trip: 3½ hours from Punta Arenas to Santiago, a five-hour wait, an 8½-hour flight from Santiago to Miami, three hours between planes, and, after the next 3½ hour flight […]

The last trip report: West Point Island, rockhoppers, and albatrosses

The MS Roald Amundsen was supposed to sail about 8 p.m. last night, but apparently there’s been a delay, for the ship’s real-time map shows it still docked in Punta Arenas: I suspect this has to do with a big misfortune yesterday. Before leaving the ship, I heard that, at the Punta Arenas airport, a […]

Carcass Island and its Magellanic penguins (with dolphin lagniappe)

Happy Thanksgiving! (I think I got it right this time as I see it’s Thursday). This will be the penultimate trip report, as there’s one more either tomorrow or Saturday, and then I will post the videos I took when I return to Chicago (penguins!) As I write this at 5:30 a.m., we’re pulling into […]