Since 2011, I have been spending November to April each year working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. I work as a Zoological Field Assistant on the penguin and seal long-term monitoring programme. Before this, I spent 2.5 years on the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island, South Georgia, in the South Atlantic.

This blog gives readers an insight into my day-to-day life in the Antarctic, from my first trip south in 2008 to the present day.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Signy 2015-16 Season

My trip this year began on 5th November, when I left the UK and flew South.  Dates and timings always change at the last minute, and in the end we flew to Sao Paulo, then on to Santiago, then continued South to Punta Arenas, and finally across to Stanley in the Falkland Islands.  In Stanley we joined the ship, the RRS James Clark Ross.  The James Clark Ross (JCR) belongs to the British Antarctic Survey and is mainly a scientific research vessel, but also transfers people and equipment (like us) to their respective research stations.

Stanley is where most of the Falkland Islanders live and is a colourful little town, stretching down to the sea and a small sheltered harbour. 

It is spring in the Falklands and it is always nice to arrive here from a wintery UK to be greeted by tiny lambs, young birds and spring flowers, even if it is still very cold and blowy.  Below are a few common species to be found here.  This is a family of Flightless Steamer Ducks.

The Male sunbathes nearby.

A male Kelp Goose.

A Turkey Vulture.

Nesting Gentoo Penguins and sheep- a combination that I still find rather bizarre!

After a few days in the Falklands, we finally set sail for Signy, South Orkney islands, Antarctica, where I will spend the next 5 months.  More about that coming soon...


Andy Ellison said...

Hi Stacey, hope you have another great season down there. If you get chance, could you please photograph the night sky? Nothing fancy just views North, South, East and West. I'd like to show my pupils what the sky looks like in the Southern hemisphere.
Cheers Andy

Owen Darling said...

Dear Stacey, I wish you a really good summer. A lot of me is very envious. The realistic part of me realises that even the stonechute would be an effort now!
Yours, Owen Darling

Stacey said...

Andy, nice to hear from you. Later in the season (March) I'll try to get some star photos. At this time of year it doesn't get dark enough to see them though. Hope you are well. Cheers, Stacey

Andy Ellison said...

Thanks Stacey. I'm enjoying your posts. Have a good time and merry Christmas.