Absolute Stunner-My Antarctica Odyssey

White continent Antarctica. Snow white panorama and snow white bird. Absolute stunner. Merging in Antarctica landscape, she was Snow Petrel. The most beautiful bird of continent Antarctica I saw during my expedition.

Birds fluttering around islands
Birds fluttering around islands
Bird enlivens Antarctica landscape
Bird enlivens Antarctica landscape

Birds made Antarctica lively. I saw them soaring in sky. I saw them occupying rocks. I saw them ashore. Wherever they were seen, they added color and life in surroundings, with their presence.

Largest bird I noticed dominating Antarctic skies had been albatross, undoubtedly. They have mastered stormy seas of Antarctica peninsula. I saw many fly around fearlessly while crossing Drake Passage, too. There are even mythical tales attached to albatross.

Mighty Albatross
Mighty Albatross

Among pretty birds, I would count kelp gull also. I found her sitting gorgeously atop a rock. Her charm tempted everyone. Even lazy seal switched his side to stare at her. He was the beholder of her beauty, indeed. But the bird showed indifference to the seal and looked other side. I stood there watching all and smiled at both.

Pretty kelp gull
Pretty kelp gull

There are many species of birds which live and breed in Antarctica. Notably, albatross, petrel, skua, kelp gull, snowy sheathbill, Antarctica shag. And I was able to see all prominent birds of Antarctica.

Antarctica shag

Playing mischievous were skua birds. They were seen on almost all the islands where penguins were breeding. They scared sweet penguins with their presence around. Skuas would take away unattended penguin eggs and chicks. And I felt bad seeing that.

Mischievous skua bird
Mischievous skua bird

Lastly, not to forget the penguin, the spirit of Antarctica. Though penguin doesn’t fly but he comes under the category of flightless bird.

Flightless beautiful penguin
Flightless bird beautiful penguin

I have wrote lot on penguins in my Antarctica tales. So in this story I talked more about flying birds.

MY ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY continues ….

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28 Comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing experience this must have been. Just being surrounded by all that ice would be a wow for me and the bird life looks incredible. Love the pictures you shared, especially the one of the albatross. It’s stunning

  2. Wow I am in awe of this amazing experience you had! What a fabulous chance of a lifetime to be able to visit this gorgeous place!!!!

  3. This looks so amazing, you are very lucky to get to visit Antarctica and see this first hand. I bet it is an unforgettable experience indeed.

  4. I really enjoy seeing your photos. It seems that you really had a great experience there. You are very lucky to see this personally.

  5. WOW! What an adventure! I would love to take a trip like this at some point, but with work commitments and my house renovation using up most of my monthly salary, I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon 🙁 x

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