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 human residents, but a result of the pong created by the thousands of penguins, albatrosses and fur seals that live on our doorstep.
Right now we are in the middle of the fur-seal breeding season, so with the station located slap-bang in the middle of the seal colony, I have a David-Attenborough-quality view out of my office window of male seals fighting to the death, females giving birth, and the adorably angry little seal pups chewing on each other’s flippers. Here are a couple of them that happened to wander in front of my camera (and yes, the puppy is growling).
Seal pup 1
Male fur seal
Last night we were treated to a spectacular sub-Antarctic sunset which lit up the sea and sky in shades of pink and orange. Here is a skua picking his way through a seal carcass (not all of them make it!) and a king penguin pondering life in the dusk.
Skua and seal carcass
King penguin sunset