Cape Petrel, Daption capense, Valparaiso, Chile

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Cape Petrel, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Diving downwind in the gale, a Cape or Pintado Petrel, Daption capense dashes past our boat off the coast of Valparaiso, Chile. One of the southern Fulmarine Petrels and many seabirds that can be spotted in pelagic trips off Chile, they migrate along the Chilean coast en route to their breeding grounds in the South Shetlands and the rocky coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where they nest in ledges in unaccessible cliffs.

Southern Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomophora, Drake Passage, Antarctica

Gyrating with majestic ease over the waves of the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica, an adult Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora glides past our ship during the crossing of this stormy seaway. Largest of albatrosses, with a wingspan of more than 3.5m it is also the longest-winged bird in the planet.

Southern Royal Albatross, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Southern Royal Albatross, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Snowy Sheathbill, Chionis alba, Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

A silent look passes between a Snowy Sheathbill Chionis alba and its chick at their nest located in a gap between boulders in an island in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica. Mostly scavengers, Snowy sheathbills live on any organic debris they may find, but will also prey on marine invertebrates like limpets, amphipods and worms in the intertidal zone.

Snowy Sheathbill, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Snowy Sheathbill, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions