Antarctic Petrels

On a regular Antarctic Peninsula trip we usually see maximally a hand full of Antarctic Petrels, most trips just one or two. And often they come and go quickly so it was a long time since I took nice pictures of them. This trip proofed different. Already before we reached the peninsula we had a few around the ship, which allowed me to take this picture. But that was definitely not all… The Ross Sea is known for its large population of Antarctic Petrels, around 30% of all Antarctic Petrels breed in the area. The closer we got, the more Antarctic Petrels we saw. In some cases we even had flocks of over 50 around the ship. Really strange for a bird that we normally rarely see.

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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