Waders at Stanley Airport

Out birding this morning around Stanley airport, on the grass verges of the runway there were lots of Two Banded Plovers & Rufous Chested Dotterels along with 3 White Rumped Sandpipers and between 3 and 5 Baird’s Sandpipers.

Above a couple of Magellanic Snipe were doing the display flight and drumming sound.

Cetaceans Galore

While steaming to the location anboard the Maersk Traveller I saw a pod of 5 Peale’s Dolphins Lagenorhynchus australis and a pod of 4 Commerson’s Dolphins Cephalorhynchus commersonii. At the location I saw three species of baleen whales they were Antarctic Minke Whale Balaenoptera bonaerensis, Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis and Dwarf Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata which was my first sighting of this sub species.

The first four images below are of the dive sequence of an Antarctic Minke Whale.

           

               

             

Below images are of Sei Whales

            

The below two images are of the Dwarf Minke Whale that came right alongside the vessel, in the second image you can see the diagnostic white flippers of this species.

        

On the trip back I saw my second new Cetacean for the trip in the form of two pods of Hourglass Dolphins Lagenorhynchus cruciger, they were a long way off but managed to get a record shot to confirm identification.

 

 

 

Cape Petrels

I have just returned from 3 days at sea onboard the Maersk Traveller, The main species of bird seen during the trip was Cape Petrel.

                

                    

          

 

Other birds seen were 200+ Black Browed Albatross, 500+ Thin Billed Prions, 25+ Southern Giant Petrel, 3 Northern Giant Petrel, 8 White Chinned Petrel, 50+Sooty Shearwater, 1 Wilson’s Storm Petrel, 2 Grey Backed Storm Petrel during the day + 20+ around the vessel at night, 20+ Antarctic Fulmar, 2 Magellanic Penguin, 2 Rockhopper Penguin, 3 Kelp Gull & 10+ King Cormorant.

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