Sought-after species

One of the reasons to join this tour is all the unique birds that we come across. First of all, there are endemic species on all islands we visit, and secondly, there are many unusual seabirds, especially in the first half of the trip.

Spectacled Petrel

The Spectacled Petrel was one of the birds that combine these two groups. It’s a seabird endemic to the Tristan da Cunha group. And it’s gorgeous! All brown, with a white ‘spectacle’ around its eye. It can be seen in the oceans around Tristan, but it doesn’t disperse far. So for most onboard, including me, it was a new species. And we were delighted to have several around the boat between South Georgia and Tristan.

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.

One comment

  • Oh Arjen, it was an absolute thrill to see them here in your two photos. I can imagine how exciting it was to see them from the boat. What a magnificent petrel! You must’ve really scrambled to get the photos, much appreciated.

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