Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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n Snowy Sheathbills, like white pigeons, scavenge penguin guano and other tasty snacks. Photo © Noah Strycker n Voyages typically depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, and cross the sometimes-stormy Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Map © John Allendorf 23 January 2019 | Birder's Guide to Travel sage from South America, and, yes, things sometimes get choppy. Expedition ships take about two days to make the 500-mile transit from Ushuaia, Argen- tina, to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, depending on the weather. Some get smooth-sailing Drake Lake while others face the full-on Drake Shake, and if you want to see extreme cases of the latter, just check out YouTube. In one crossing with 43-foot seas, my cabin became a war zone. My dresser unbolted from the wall, smashed to pieces on the floor, and sprayed Norwegian coins—evidently lodged behind the drawers from a by - gone Arctic season—all over the place, like a slot machine hitting the jackpot. I've heard stories about bigger waves, but conditions are often exaggerated. Re - ally, few of us want to be judged by our worst days, and even the dreaded Drake

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