Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cute chick!

This skua chick has to be one of the cutest youngsters on the island at the moment (and there’s strong competition, with all of the baby penguins around!). Advertisements

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Masters of disguise

It’s a little-known fact that fur-seals are masters of disguise, regularly using their costumes and make-up skills to hide from predators. The pups, the vulnerable youngsters, have to be especially good at it. Here are a few examples: This first … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas from Bird Island!

It’s that time of year again, so I rounded up the Bird Island team for the annual Christmas card photo. After an unsuccessful but harrowing attempt at training fur-seals to spell out ‘Merry Christmas’ on the beach, we opted instead … Continue reading

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Blonding

It’s one of those unavoidable things that comes round every year, like winter colds or tax returns. Yes, it’s the traditional annual Bird Island blonding. Each year hundreds of seal pups get marked with hair dye so that they can … Continue reading

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Petrels and albatrosses (take 2)

Oh dear, I still haven’t quite got the hang of this…. let’s try that again. This is a very exciting time of year to be a giant petrel. Their favourite food is dead seal, so all of the detritus of … Continue reading

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Petrels and albatrosses

This is a very exciting time of year to be a giant petrel. Their favourite food is dead seal, so all of the detritus of the seal breeding season, the ones that didn’t make it, lie around on the beach … Continue reading

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Back on Bird Island (with photos)!

I’ll try that again, hopefully with some photos this time! I’m back on Bird Island for another season working as the Station Leader of the worst-smelling BAS research station. That’s not a slur on the poor hygiene habits of the … Continue reading

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