This remote islands is an active volcano in the South Shetlands, off the Antarctic Peninsula. Its landscape comprises bare volcanic slopes, and ash-layered beaches and glaciers. The island is horse-shoe shaped with a large flooded caldera. Nine seabird species breed on Deception, including the world's largest colony of chinstrap penguins Pygoscelis antarctica at Baily Head, on the south-west coast. An estimated 100,000 pairs nest here. The only way to realistically get to Deception Island is to join an organised wildlife cruise of the Antarctic that takes in this incredible place. Photo of Chinstrap Penguins on the island by Doug Kirwin.
Monday, 21 March 2011
This guest-house is located in the village of Sinemoretz near the border with Turkey in the south-east of Bulgaria, right on the Black Sea coast. The Strandja National Reserve, which is nearby, is an important forested hill region with various breeding raptors, resident woodpeckers and a speciality of this region Semi-coloured Flycatcher. The area is also a major migratory bottleneck site with more than 1000s of White Storks and 100s of eagles passing overhead each autumn. The villa is eco-friendly and birder-friendly and even arranges birding trips, with advanced notice, in conjunction with the Bulgarian Society For Bird Protection. Here is their website: Villa Philadephia.