By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands.
Leg 2, Day 5.
Today was more of a whaler’s day than a birder’s – with close to 200 cetaceans seen from at least five species, there were almost more whales than birds. Only eight seabird species were seen, and surprisingly no fulmarine petrels; species such as Southern Fulmars, Cape Petrels and Antarctic Petrels usually are dominant in Antarctic waters. There also were no Wilson’s Storm Petrels…
|Short-tailed Shearwater||320||White-headed Petrel||12|
|Mottled Petrel||12||Antarctic Prion||8|
|Sooty Shearwater||5||Southern Royal Albatross||1|
|Light-mantled Albatross||1||Black-bellied Storm Petrel||1|
Bull Kelps remained fairly abundant, and one litter item was seen.