Something that is completely lacking on Antarctica are passerine species. There are no native songbirds whatsoever. Not that there would be anything for them to eat if they would make it there. On Campbell Island (one of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands) this is different. We were welcomed by a big cloud of flies and mosquitos followed by several New Zealand Pipits. These birds were all over the islands chasing all insects. We had quite a warm day, so the insects were active and so were the pipits. For us, coming straight from Antarctica seeing those small passerines again was a welcome change to all the bigger birds we were used to.