East Antarctica: Antarctic Seabirds

There isn’t much variety of bird life south of the 60 degree parallel – no flora and no bare ground here, and only two species of penguins can nest here. Other then them – all the birds are sea birds – several species of petrels, terns, fulmars, and albatrosses. From albatrosses, only smaller light-mantled sooty albatrosses made it this far south to icebergs and pack ice. Snow petrels, Antarctic petrels, Wilson’ Storm petrels, Cape petrels, Antarctic fulmars were the main flying birds. Many of these birds are well adapted to the Antarctic life, being able to fly for long time with also capable of excreting excess salt through their nostrils.