New Zealand and Antarctica on a map at Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World

Antarctica

A 25-day boat ride around the Scotia Sea

December 29, 2003 - January 22, 2004

one of the travel pages on muellerworld

Baby Fur Seal

Photos:

A few photos from the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctica Peninsula: http://www.muellerworld.com/antarctica/photos/

Itineary:

Click here to see the flight path from New Zealand to South America, then California, then back to New Zealand (25,618 miles).

Easter Island Moai Getting there:

For the Antarctic leg of my trip, I traveled with Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris on the M/V Polar Star from Ushuaia, around the Southern Ocean, and back to Ushuaia.

Getting home:

Photographic & Computer Gear:

  • Fujifilm Finepix S2 Pro Camera Body
  • Nikon D100 Camera Body w/ MB-D100 Grip
  • Nikon F100 Camera Body
  • Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR lens
  • Nikon 50/1.4 lens
  • Nikon 17-35/2.8 AF-s lens
  • Sigma 14/2.8 lens
  • Nikon TC-14eII Teleconverter
  • Nikon SB-80DX flash
  • Gitzo 1228 Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Kirk BH-1 Ball Head
  • 125 Rolls: Provia 100F & 400F, misc print film
  • 2GB worth of CF cards (1GB, 512MB, 2x256MB)

  • Macintosh G4 laptop (80GB harddrive)
  • External 60GB harddrive (firewire powered for backups)
  • Nixvue Vista 30GB CF card reader (for daily shooting)
  • Apple iPod (40GB) for additional back-up (and playing MP3 files)

It turned out that the iPod became my primary back-up device because I did not make enough space on my laptop or my 60GB drive before I left home. In retrospect, I should have made about 30-40 gigabytes available on both my laptop and back-up hard drive before leaving home.

Penguins

Types we saw:
  1. King (Aptenodytes Patagonicus)
  2. Adelie (Pygoscelis Adeliae)
  3. Chinstrap (Pygoscelis Antarctica) a.k.a. Ringed, Bearded, Antarctic, Stone-Cracker
  4. Gentoo (Pygoscelis Papua) a.k.a. Johnny Penguin
  5. Rockhopper (Eudyptes Chrysocome) a.k.a. Crested, Tufted, Rocky
  6. Macaroni (Eudyptes Chrysolophus)
  7. Magellantic (Spheniscus Magellanicus)
Types we did not see:
  1. Emperor (Aptenodytes Forsteri)
  2. Royal (Eudyptes Schlegeli)
  3. Fiordland (Eudyptes Pachyrhynchus)
  4. Erect-Crested (Eudyptes Sclateri)
  5. Snares Crested (Eudyptes Robustus)
  6. Yellow-Eyed (Megadyptes Antipodes)
  7. Little (Eudyptula Minor) a.k.a. Little Blue, Blue, Fairy
  8. African (Spheniscus Demersus) a.k.a. Jackass
  9. Galapagos (Spheniscus Mendiculus)
  10. Humboldt (Spheniscus Humboldti) a.k.a. Peruvian

  matt@muellerworld.com