The Bounty Islands, is the last set of official New Zealand Subantarctic islands that were visited on the expedition. The small dots in this photo are birds of various species, and there's thousands, hundreds of thousands. These islands and surrounding rocks are gone to a large number of sea birds, one known plant (scurvy grass), a spider and a few insects. On our amazingly calm evening at the islands we could smell the guano before we see them....#remote#expedition#Subantarctic#newzealand#islands#birds#ocean#voyage
We spent all morning chasing Campbell Island Teal around the fringes of Campbell Island (Which you’d think would be easier, given they’re flightless) without managing to get any particularly good photos. Having given up and landed for our hike up the boardwalk, who should decide to come say hello? #duck#teal#campbell#island#travelphotography#newzealand#subantarctic
A lovely pair of wandering albatross enjoying each other’s company. The female is on the left. She is slightly darker and her beak a little bit shallower than her partner. As they age their darker feathers will gradually be replaced by white ones.
A top aerial predator and master egg thief in the making! There are quite a lot of baby brown skuas hatching out at the moment. Beautiful little birds, very well protected by their parents who scream and dive bomb anyone walking too close to the nest.
In the summer of 2013/14 the Australasian Antarctic Expedition set out with the aim to extend over a hundred years of scientific endeavour in the Southern Ocean and #Antarctica. Science #communication and educational outreach was to also be a key objective. Using one of three zodiacs we were able to access some of the more rugged areas of the region. The Snares are a small group of islands at 48 degrees south and 166 degrees east. The islands provide a home to endemic bird species such as the Snares penguin, snipe and tomtit. Designated as a #UNESCO World #Heritage Site these species and others continue to exist and provide a equilibrium to an ever more fragile #ecosystem.#lifelonglearning📷 @macdiarmidj