Birding Factoids

800+ species

13 of the 20 families endemic to Australiasia and Oceania are present.
332 endemic species
89 threatened  and near-threatened species
3 week trip expectation - about 420 species

Checklist of Antarctic BirdsTours and GuidesMap and General Information

Check out Ruud and Kitty Kampf's great Antarctic photos
Paul Ward's Cool Antarctica Photo Gallery
and Teus Luijendijk's Antarctic and South Atlantic Birds

Antarctica Specialities
Black-browed Albatross - Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf
Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf

Emperor Penguin - Photo copyright Peter and Barbara Barham

Photo copyright Peter and Barbara Barham

Antarctic Shag - Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf

Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf
    ....Pelagic Birding in Antarctica, including Territory of the French 
      Southern and Antarctic Lands and Kerguelen Island - by Angus Wilson. The islands lie on the Antarctic Convergence, the meeting point of cold Antarctic water with warmer water from the South Indian Ocean. There are a number of endemic seabirds as well as major populations of more widespread forms. 
    ....Birding Antarctica - by Martha. A very informative site, with many
      pictures of birds, wildlife, and travelling around in Antarctica. 
    ....The Birds of Antarctica - information is provided on both the sea birds, 
      (Penguins, Petrels, Cormorants, Gulls, Terns and Skuas), and the land birds (Sheathbills, Pintails and Pipits)
    ....Introduction to the Antarctic Birds - Each spring the coast of 
      Antarctica awakens with the return of millions of seabirds to breed. Their arrival is a dramatic end to the long dark polar winter. First to arrive are the Adelie Penguins, who have walked, often up to 50km, across the sea ice to reach their nesting grounds. The petrels and skuas arrive soon after, flying in from the open sea. The sub-Antarctic islands to the north also are invaded in spring by seabirds. Although the species are generally different from those breeding on the Antarctic continent, they are very closely related.
    ....Extreme Birding in Antarctica - by Graham Wallace. The purpose
      of the trip, which had never been previously undertaken, was to see as many Southern Ocean seabirds as possible on a route plying from Cape Town through the Indian Ocean, by way of Prince Edward and Marion Islands, to the Antarctic pack ice, returning to Cape Town through the Atlantic Ocean. The trip was an outstanding success recording 66 bird species and 17 mammals. It was however much more than that; a never to be forgotten odyssey through the spectacular and raging southern oceans, fantastic seascapes, breathtaking icebergs, the desolate beauty and stillness of the pack ice and a pristine environment that man has not yet diminished.
    ....Barb's Travel Journal: Antarctica - starting at
      Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, this photo documented trip report identifies key places to observe birds and other wildlife in Antarctica.
    ....Antarctica - A report by Roy and Pat Beckemeyer. 17 February, 1998.
      A thorough, well-illustrated trip report. 
    ....A Voyage to Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands by Peter and
      Barbara Barham. we had seen a few years ago a particular
      trip that went from New Zealand and visited the Ross Sea region of Antarctica (this is the area where much of the early exploration was carried out). Scott's hut still stands on Ross Island at the foot of Mt. Erebus. We really wanted to find a trip that went down there to the 'far side' of Antarctica. 
    ...Antactic Peninsula, South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands -
      January 22 to February 9, 2000 - by Sam and Liz Febba. 
    ...Trip Report: Atlantic Odyssey 2002, by Teus Luijendijk. In March/April
      2002, my trip mates and I were onboard the MS Professor Molchanov, on a trip from Ushuaia, in Southernmost Argentina, back to the Northern hemisphere. Not only was this an opportunity to visit the Antarctic continent, it also meant excellent possibilities to study the Atlantic seabird species. Even more so, as we on the way north visited several of the (sub-)antarctic and tropical Atlantic islands, like South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension.

    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in South America - by Nigel Wheatley

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Tours and Guides


Cape Petrel - Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf
Photo copyright Ruud and Kitty Kampf

Erect-crested Penguin - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright Peter and Barbara Barham

Photo copyright Peter and Barbara Barham

Adelie Penguin - Photo copyright Marcus Martin

Photo copyright Marcus Martin
    **..Antarctic Cruise with SeeBirds - 25 days - November 19 to December
      13, 2001. An absolutely spectacular trip in terms of the wildlife and how close you can approach them, the chance to see many of the southern ocean pelagics, and in terms of the unforgettable scenery.
    **..Antarctica, the Falklands & South Georgia Islands Cruise with Victor
      Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) - In this remote and ageless environment, you will observe a moving panorama of Antarctic wildlife with the professional assistance of naturalists, scientists, and VENT tour leaders. Landing on gravelly beaches for excursions, we will study many species of endearing penguins and other avifauna plus a fascinating variety of mammals. Because of the extraordinary tameness of many species, we will have privileged opportunities to view them at close range. During our time at sea we will have the opportunity to observe a tremendous variety of bird life. The pelagic birding in subantarctic and Antarctic waters is some of the best in the world. VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    **..The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula  with 
      Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. This trip goes from Friday, December 27, 2002 to Friday, January 24, 2003. Imagine the frenzy during the austral summer: 20 million penguins, 5 million albatross, and a million seals have just the few short summer months to raise their next generation before facing the harsh Antarctic winter.  The Cheeseman expedition, is THE MOST IN-DEPTH wildlife expedition to the Southern Oceans. Here’s why our tour is a cut above the rest:
      •  More time in the field: as much as possible!
      •  The most in-depth itinerary: Falklands - 3 days, South Georgia - 7 days, South Orkneys - 1 day,  Antarctic Peninsula - 7 days.
      •  Highest leader/participant ratio in Antarctica
      •  Highest zodiac/participant ratio in Antarctica
      •  Exclusive charter: ours is a trip dedicated to in-depth natural history, uncompromised by conflicting goals of sub-charter groups.  97 participants with 17 leaders

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