A special duck

Small islands in the middle of the ocean often have species that can only be seen on that island, the so-called endemics. For birdwatchers usually a reason to visit an island like that, as it’s another tick on their list that they can only get there. South Georgia has several endemic (sub)species of bird: the South Georgian Shag, the South Georgian Diving-petrel, the South Georgian Pipit and the South Georgian Pintail (yes, they are very inventive with names).

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South Georgian Pintail

The South Georgian Pintail is the only species of duck that breeds on the islands. It is one of the very few (if not only) carnivorous species of duck, as they are sometimes seen feeding on seal carcasses. Most of the time, however, they feed on plants found along the waterside.

 

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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