You’ll have to excuse our excitement - at Journeysmiths we tend to get rather excited about penguins and not least because you have to travel so far to see one.
There are 17 species of penguins in Antarctica, although only the Emperor and Adelie are true Antarctic birds; others breed in the slightly warmer northern Antarctic. The Emperor is the giant of the penguin world and with golden patches on their ears and chests, the most iconic. If you want to see the chicks hatching, go in August because by January they will be gone.
Another iconic bird is the albatross - it’s an amazing sight with its 3 m wingspan. Foraging for food takes them sometimes over 1000km in a single day, which is a vital necessity when you have a hungry chick to feed.
Several species of petrel can be seen in Antarctica, their skittering, skimming flight making them easy to identify. You will find them breeding in dense colonies and grazing the surface of the water in order to feed on fish and crustaceans.
To get really close to these beautiful birds, you will need to embark on an expedition cruise; bird watching is one of the principal activities on most expedition ships and you will marvel at the number and variety of birds you will see.