Yesterday, I wrote about how Seabourn Quest’s captain managed to get us to the Falkland Islands, despite a malfunction that caused a two-day delay in an unscheduled port of call. We were actually quite lucky, arriving in Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, on a sunny and warm day. I wrote about my experience that day in Penguins & Pints: Seabourn Quest Calls On Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.
The Falkland Islands makes for a good stop before setting sail across the Drake Passage, not only so that you can exercise your land legs but also so that you can see King Penguins, a species that you’re not likely to see in Antarctica. That’s right. Many people are surprised to learn that they will not see large penguins in Antarctica. King penguins are found in the Falkland Islands and in South Georgia, so if your goal is to see those, find a good travel agent who can help you book your cruise accordingly.
The photo above was snapped on an excursion to see the kings on the day that we were in the Falklands. The two penguins are exhibiting a bonding behavior known as “mutual ecstatic.” They are basically mimicking one another. The behavior is thought to strengthen the bond of penguins during breeding season.
Missed my first post? See Quest For Adventure: Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day