|First sighting of penguins|
|Penguins at Bransfield House|
|"How does this work then?"|
Someone from the island came on board and told us about the place before we went ashore. We were lucky that we were here today, as this being the end of the summer season, it was their last day before being picked up and taken out of Antarctica.
Of course while we were all interested in the base, generally people were more excited to already be able to see the tiny looking penguins on the shore, especially those who had not yet had the chance to see a penguin in the wild.
|Zodiacs being floated|
Now getting onto a small zodiac from the steps of a much larger ship can be something of a challenge when the sea is entirely calm, but the crew did a fantastic job of helping us all in and out and thankfully no one went for an unscheduled swim. The zodiacs were sometimes driven by crew members and other times by the expedition team, and they all got us around safely, though I was slightly concerned when, on one of the rougher trips, the driver counted us before we set off, as off he was concerned about whether he would still have us all in the boat at the other end!
|Penguin pecking Tabitha|
|Penguin pecking me|
|'Flapped' by a penguin|
We did drag ourselves away from the penguins for long enough to look around Bransfield House. We managed to pick up a couple of bits in the gift shop, but sadly couldn't make use of the post office to send our postcards as the last post boat had already for this year, and they wouldn't now be picked up until November. We did however manage to get our passports stamped, which pleased us.