Grey-headed Albatross

One of the differences between guiding in Antarctica and on Spitsbergen is the presence of the Drake Passage. While you fly to Spitsbergen, board the ship and are ready to go ashore the next morning, you have to spent at least two days on the ship though the Drake Passage before you reach Antarctica. The Drake is known to be one of the roughest sea passages in the world. Sometimes it’s really calm but boring as nothing is happening, while at other moments it’s very rough with meters high waves and nearly everybody spent most of their day in bed.

However, if you’re lucky and have the conditions in between, you can actually have a good time with all the sea birds behind the ship. In this case we had a Grey-headed Albatross around the ship for a whole, giving me the opportunity to finally take some nice pictures of this albatross, my first proper ones of this beautiful species with the yellow line around the beak.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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