Drake Passage, Barrientos Island

Dec 09, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

The waves calmed down which enticed the seabirds to follow our ship looking for any morsel of food that our propellers may have elevated to the surface. Albatross with elegant eye shadows, light-mantled albatross and black and white “pintado petrels” soared and dove in the wind and the waves.

Then we made landfall on Barrientos Island in the Aitcho Island group. Here we were treated to an intimate glimpse of the lives of penguins. It is a busy time with eggs to keep warm, partners to wait for, and the occasional thievery of pebbles. These industrious birds are giving reproduction their all while we stand by watching in amazed amusement.

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Marylou Blakeslee


For the past 20 years, Marylou Blakeslee has traveled the world sharing her love of wild places. She lectures on a number of topics from the bears and wolves of the Arctic, to the leopard seals and whales of the Antarctic, as well as the turtles and fishes of the Great Barrier Reef.

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