The subantarctic oceans are cold but rich in oxygen, nutrients and sea birds and mammals...
Chionis albus, 'Snowy Sheathbill'. Flock flying at sea.
Diomedea exulans, 'Wandering 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.
Thalassarche melanophris, 'Black-browed Mollymawk', view of upperside.
Black-browed Mollymawk, view of underside
Mostly dark medium sized seabirds that often glide just above colder southern ocean waters, similar to Shearwaters.
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 giganteus, 'Southern Giant Petrel'.
Fulmarus glacialoides, 'Southern Fulmar'.
Pagodroma nivea, 'Snow Petrel'.
Rhymes with iron, Pry-on, not Pree-on.
Pachyptila belcheri, 'Slender-billed Prion'. Long thin bill, large white eyebrow.
Pachyptila desolata, 'Antarctic Prion'.
Oceanites oceanicus, 'Wilsons Storm Petrel'. One of the most abundant birds in the world.
Cephalorhynchus commersonii, 'Commerson's Dolphin'.
Balaenoptera physalus, 'Fin Whale'. Very long whale, with small curved fin set very far back.
Megaptera novaeangliae, Humpback Whale 'hump back' and fin.
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