One of the real joys of Zodiac cruising in Antarctica is that, in the words of Forrest Gump, “you never know what you’re gonna get”. It’s always a voyage into the unknown and for me that is what I love, as I think it makes any successful photography all the more pleasurable.
Over the years I’ve had many successful Zodiac cruises, but there is one special one that really stays in my mind. We’d moored just outside a bay that had a lot of floating icebergs, some of which had little black dots on which I hoped were our flippered friends. I’d always wanted to photograph penguins on icebergs so had my fingers, and everything else, crossed as we headed out in the Zodiacs. Sure enough as we got closer I could see that indeed there were many penguins on the icebergs and they were my favourite chaps, Gentoos!
I love these comical penguins so much, they always make me smile.
Somehow on this day the Gentoos had managed to scramble some 20 ft up the iceberg, a feat which none of us watching them could have repeated. We killed the engines and drifted slowly closer, I guided the driver to bring us round on a small group of three that were nicely sat against the blue ice...