Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas from Bird Island

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Albatrosses

Macaroni penguins may be cute and geeps may be entertainingly disgusting, but the real stars of the show on Bird Island are the albatrosses. Everything about them is an extreme: for a start, they’re vast – the wanderers weigh in … Continue reading

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Bloody geeps

Are you feeling squeamish? Then read on… The next group of our neighbours that I’d like to introduce are a rowdy bunch, with appalling table manners. Giant petrels (known as geeps [pronounced ‘jeeps’] in the local vernacular) can be generously … Continue reading

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Macaronis

I thought it was about time to introduce some of the residents of Bird Island in a bit more detail, starting with the Macaroni penguins. We have three colonies of these on the island: Big Mac, which has around 40,000 … Continue reading

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