Snow Petrel
       
     
Giant Petrel chick
       
     
Snow Petrel
       
     
Snow Petrel

As our ship moved slowly through the ice the snow petrels (Pagodroma nivea) were constant companions. Circling round and round, looking for food, dropping into the open patches of sea and picking off any exposed crustaceans that had been exposed by the block of ice rolling and breaking under the ship's force.

 

Location: South Orkney Islands. Date: 19th November 2015. Camera: Canon 7D with Canon 300mm lens. 1/2500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200.

Giant Petrel chick
       
     
Giant Petrel chick

Northern Giant Petrels (Macronectes halli) nest on Bird Island between September and April. This chick, in the wandering albatross study area rather than the giant petrel study area, was the first one observed to hatch this season. It was beside a path walked daily so became quite used to seeing people; normally a chick with an open mouth like this would be threatening projectile vomiting to repel predators, but this one was simply yawning.

 

Location: Bird Island, South Georgia. Date: 8th December 2015. Camera: Canon 7D with 17-70mm Sigma lens @ 25mm and ND2 grad filter. 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 200.