Antarctic seabirds

Here are the small and very common Wilson’s storm petrel (walking on water),  and three Antarctic birds, the Antarctic petrel (pintado), and the all white birds, snow petrel (black bill) and snowy sheathbill (pink eyes).

The snow petrel is one of only three seabirds which live exclusively in the Antarctic.  They are often seen in flocks sitting on icebergs and feed on fish, krill and carrion.

The snowy sheathbill is the only land bird native to the Antarctic continent.  It lives and feeds on the ground and will eat almost anything including carrion, penguin eggs and chicks, and faeces, and will steal regurgitated fish and krill from adult penguins feeding their chicks.

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