Readers’ wildlife photos

John Avise, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California, Irvine (and an avid birder) sent me a group of lovely bird pictures that he took on an Antarctic trip similar to mine. His notes and IDs are indented.

This time I’m sending some bird photos that I took on my own cruise adventure to the Falklands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula in 2018 (exactly one year before your similar trip).  The pictures I’ve attached are mostly of birds other than those (such as penguins) that you already posted from your excursion.  Readers should thus be made aware that there are many bird species to be seen in the region in addition to the wonderful penguins.
John’s right, of course, but I had trouble identifying non-penguins, plus the other birds didn’t hold still for me (and I had only a point-and-shoot camera)!

Antarctic prion (Pachyptila desolata):


Black-browed Albatross (Diomeda melanophis):

Cape Petrel (Daption capense):

Cobb’s Wren (Troglodytes cobbi), Falklands:

Crested Duck (Lephonetta specularioides), Falklands:
Grass Wren (Cistothurus platensis), Falklands:

Gray-headed Albatross (Diomedea chrysostoma):

Imperial Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps):
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus):
Long-tailed Meadowlark (Sturnella loyca), Falklands:
Magellanic Oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus), Falklands:
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli):
Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea):
Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus):
Southern Fulmar (Fulmaris glaciaoides):

Wandering Albatross (Diomedia exulans):

Yellow-billed Teal (Anas flavirostris), South Georgia Island:


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Beautiful set!

    I never knew anything but prions were named prion.

  2. boudiccadylis
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    The long tailed meadowlark looks almost out of place with its bright red after all the black and white or plainer birds presented. This is a glorious display, something the Macaley library would like in their collection.

  3. rickflick
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Lovely and exotic set of birds. Thanks for submitting. The Northern Giant Petrel has a remarkable bill. Most song birds lack a good sense of smell, but pelagic birds like this depend on the odor of fish to locate food. Thus, the snorkel effect on top of the beak. Kind of ugly, but you can’t argue with success.

    I’m looking forward to reading your latest book.

  4. jhs
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Beautiful birds.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Readers should thus be made aware that there are many bird species to be seen in the region in addition to the wonderful penguins.

    No kidding! I had no idea. Great photos, I especially love the albatrosses.

  6. Glenda Palmer
    Posted January 12, 2020 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Great set of bird photos. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Posted January 12, 2020 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, John, for your beautiful work!

  8. Posted January 13, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    That red is pretty conspicuous! I wonder what it does (if anything)?

  9. Dominic
    Posted January 14, 2020 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous birds…

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