Today was a really cool day as I visited two sites that I had never been to before. This morning Melissa and I landed at Gourdin Island which is home to over 16,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins, ~1,000 pairs of Chinstrap penguins, and ~600 pairs of Gentoo penguins. This is one of few sites in the Antarctic where all three species of Pygoscelis (or brush-tailed) penguins breed sympatrically. Due to the large number of nesting birds spread across a vast landscape, Melissa and I decided to count the large colony of Chinstrap penguins close to our landing site. The wind was blowing at about 20 knots and the few beaches we could land on seemed to be clogged with ice. After cruising around for 10-15 minutes, we settled on a rocky outcrop where we could scuttle up over the snow bank with relative ease. I am always grateful to have Melissa as my partner in situations like this as she has much more field experience and is an all around logistics queen.