Northern Giant Petrel on nest

Petrels, like this Northern Giant Petrel are true seabirds. They love to be out at sea, preferably with a bit of wind. They can soar for long times, seeming effortlessly in search for something to eat. There is only one thing they can’t do at sea: they have to come to land to breed and feed their chick. First they spent around 2 months incubating the egg and then it takes another 4 months before the chick is fledged. In these 6 months both parents take turns in the care for the young, sometimes 17 days of continuously incubating the egg for instance with the other parent feeding at sea. It must be very frustrating for these giants to be stuck on land…

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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