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"Bird watching" Antarctica Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

Antarctica Things to Do: 515 reviews and 1,047 photos

  Albatross (taken by Chris)
by toonsarah

On the days we spent at sea crossing the Drake Passage, one of the activities on offer was an early morning “Seabird Watch” on the aft deck. Wrapping up extra warmly we joined a small number of other travellers and two members of the “expedition team” who were experts in ornithology. We’re neither of us particularly keen bird-watchers as a regular hobby, but where else do you get to see albatrosses! The experts were excellent at explaining the different species and telling us lots of interesting facts, and also lent binoculars to anyone who didn’t have their own – we did, but their more powerful lens was even better!

Birds we saw included:
- southern royal albatross
- black-browed albatross
- southern giant petrel
- cape petrel
- Wilson’s storm petrel
- Antarctic skua

You really need a tripod and very long lens to capture these birds on camera but we managed to get a few OK shots. And all the info really helped us appreciate what we were seeing and spot the different species for ourselves.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2007
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