Yesterday afternoon we visited an Adelie penguin colony on Anvers Island, not far from the United States Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station – one of three American research bases in the region. Near the penguin colony there was this Chilean Skua that was scouting for penguin eggs. I saw it perched atop this rock and started taking snaps. Kim Heacox, the National Geographic photographer that has been coaching me, suggested I try to get a shot of the bird against the blue sky. We also anticipated that the bird would at some point see a hunting opportunity and fly away – giving us a chance to catch it spreading its wings and taking flight.