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The seabirds of the Subantarctic ocean, including penguins, petrels and albatross...

Order Charadriiformes: Waders & Shorebirds

Family Chionidae: 'Sheathbills'

Snowy Sheathbills over Scotia Sea. Try saying that three times fast!

Chionis albus, 'Snowy Sheathbill'. Flock flying at sea.


Tubenoses, including Albatross & Petrels

Family Diomedeidae: Albatross

Diomedea spp. 'Great Albatross'

Diomedea exulans, 'Wandering Albatross'.

Thalassarche spp. 'Mollymawk Albatross'

The 'Mollymawk' Albatross are smaller than the Great Diomedea Albatross. Unlike the latter birds, the Mollymawks have a dark back. The different species in the genus can usually be distinguished from each other by their slightly different coloured bills.

(between South Georgia and Falklands)

Thalassarche melanophris'Black-browed Mollymawk', view of upperside.

(between South Georgia and Falklands)

Black-browed Mollymawk, view of underside

Family Procellariidae: Petrels, Giant Petrels, Shearwaters, Fulmars, Prions

Procellaria spp., 'Petrels'

Mostly dark medium sized seabirds that often glide just above colder southern ocean waters, similar to Shearwaters.

(Scotia Sea)

Procellaria aequinoctialis, 'White-chinned Petrel'. The common name comes from a small patch of white underneath the base of the bill; this is not always visible in the field, but can be seen in the photograph above.

Macronectes spp., 'Giant Petrels'

(between South Georgia and Falklands)

Macronectes giganteus, 'Southern Giant Petrel'.


(Scotia Sea)

Fulmarus glacialoides, 'Southern Fulmar'.

Pagodroma sp.

(Scotia Sea)

Pagodroma nivea, 'Snow Petrel'.


Rhymes with iron, Pry-on, not Pree-on.

(image by Damon Ramsey)(between Ushuaia and Falklands)

Pachyptila belcheri, 'Slender-billed Prion'. Long thin bill, large white eyebrow.

Pachyptila desolata'Antarctic Prion' (Scotia Sea).

Family Oceanitidae: Storm Petrels


Oceanites oceanicus'Wilsons Storm Petrel'. One of the most abundant birds in the world.

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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.