Birds of Antarctica
and the Southern Oceans

I have been privileged to lead thirteen trips to Antarctica for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT). These cruises usually depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, and journey southward to the Antarctic peninsula where we spend several days exploring various sites, but in December, 2001, I also visited the Ross Sea area south of New Zealand. The "regular" trips from South America also visit the island of South Georgia and sometimes the Falklands/Malvinas, where additional wildlife observations are possible. I wrote an article for the VENT newsletter after the 1998 trip. If interested, you might enjoy it! I have posted some individual photos of bird species that I hope you enjoy. Also, check out a few scenic shots from this part of the world here, and for some shots of Antarctic mammals, please go to my mammal index page here and look for the seals, etc.

Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata)
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)
Gray-headed Albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma)
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora)
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua)
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)
Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus)
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome)
Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus)
Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)

Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea)
Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides)

Cape Petrel (Daption capense)
Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica)
Antarctic Giant-Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)
Hall's Giant-Petrel (Macronectes halli)
Rock Shag (Phalacrocorax magellanicus)
Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps)
Antarctic Shag (Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis)
Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta)
Kelp Goose (Chloephaga hybrida)
Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps)
Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica)
Crested Duck (Anas specularioides)
Striated Caracara (Phalcoboenus australis)
Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus)
Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)
Magellanic Oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus)
Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater)
Brown Skua (Catharacta antarctica)
Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii)
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata)
South Georgia Pipit (Anthus antarcticus)
Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)
Austral Thrush (Turdus falcklandii)