Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fairy Prions!

Just a quick update of some of the species seen lately. Good numbers of Fairy prions have been sighted along our coastline in the last two weeks. They have sometimes been seen in quite large flocks either resting in rafts or feeding on current lines where plankton accumulates. They also come over to our vessel to offer some great photo opportunities.

We are also seeing Southern Giant petrels on a regular basis. They can be separated from the Northerns by having a greenish tip to the bill compared to the orange/brown of the Northern. More Southerns are seen in winter as they migrate north from their summer range on or close to the Antarctic mainland.

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