Southernmost bird

By: Arjen Drost

Feb 16 2016

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Category: Birds, nature, Photography, Polar

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Focal Length:600mm
Shutter:1/2500 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Snow Petrel

Well, what did you answer? I bet it was a penguin species, probably the Emperor. Wrong, the southernmost breeding bird species is the Snow Petrel. They breed on nunataks (snow free mountain peeks in the ice cap) sometimes far inland (up to 440 km inland) and are one of the three bird species recorded at the South Pole. They use the same colonies over and over again. Recently 37.000 year old crystallised Snow Petrel poo was found at a colony, making it likely the same colony has been in use for at least that period…


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