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Antarctic shag



A close-up of this Antarctic shag highlights its characteristic blue eyes and the yellow/orange growth above its beak that is brightest during the breeding season, presumably to attract mates.
Species: Antarctic shag, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8908.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel rests after scavenging on carrion. 
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Mike Goebel
Year Taken: 1992Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8042.jpg

South polar skua



A pair of skuas protect their nest from an AMLR field biologist who diligently records the animals' activities throughout the breeding season. 
Species: south polar skua, Catharcata maccormicki Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1982Location: Admiralty Bay, King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8115.jpg

Kelp gull, adult and chick



A kelp gull with a nearly full-grown chick perch atop rocks covered in red and black lichens. 
Species: kelp gull, Larus dominicanus Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1981Location: King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8116.jpg

Brown skua



A banded skua stands on colorful rocks covered in green grasses and orange lichens near an elephant seal wallow.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken:Location: King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8117.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A rare white phase of Southern giant petrel nests at King George Island. About 8% of Southern giant petrels are white.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Wayne Trivelpiece Year Taken:1993Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8118.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A Southern giant petrel guards its chick.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1993Location: King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8119edit.jpg

Brown skua



A brown skua sits on its nest.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1993Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8120.jpg

Brown skua



A tagged skua steals eggs from a nest as Adelie penguins look on in defense of their own nests.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1987Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8121.jpg

Cape petrel



A cape petrel rests on the ocean's surface.
Species: cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2006Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8122.jpg

Brown skua



An adult skua stretches its wings, revealing patagial (wing) tags used by AMLR scientists to study foraging behavior of an animal throughout a single breeding season. The tags are molted off with the feathers at the end of the season.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1976Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8123.jpg

Brown skua



An adult skua stands on a lichen-covered rock. Identification tags are visible on its wing and both legs.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1978Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8124.jpg

Brown skua



A brown skua sits on its nest, barely visible amid the mottled pattern of browns and oranges on the surrounding rocks. Skuas are often difficult to see on their nests.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1977Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8125.jpg

Brown skua



A skua flies away from an Adelie penguin colony with a stolen egg. Breeding pairs of skuas hold feeding territories in penguin colonies, and use those colonies as their hunting grounds.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1985Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8130.jpg

Brown skua



An adult skua sits on its nest near a nest marker. These markers make it easier for scientists to find skua nests, which blend into their surroundings and are often difficult to find.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1983Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8145.jpg

Brown skua



A skua steals an egg from an Adelie penguin nest as nearby Adelie penguins look on in defense of their own nests. Skua predation is a major cause of mortality in penguin eggs and chicks. 
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Wayne TrivepieceYear Taken: 1987Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8146.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A white morph southern giant petrel sits on its nest atop a rocky hillside. Most giant petrels are brown in color, but white petrels are known to occur.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Wayne TrivelpieceYear Taken: 1993Contact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8147.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A giant petrel defends its meal from an intruder in a pose referred to by some scientists as the "sealmaster" posture.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8271.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel uses the posture known as the "sealmaster" posture - wings outsretched, tail raised and beak pointed at the enemy - to guards its meal from an intruder.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8272.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A white morph giant petrel savenges on the carcass of a fur seal pup, seen in the foreground.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8309.jpg

Cape petrel chick



A southern giant petrel chick sits on its nest, awaiting the return of its parents and the aniticipated meal that accompanies their arrival.
Species: Cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8376.jpg

Snowy sheathbill, adult and chick



A snowy sheatbill and its chick are seen walking amidst the rocks.
Species: Snowy sheathbill, Chionis alba Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8377.jpg

Snow petrels on ice



A flock of snow petrels rests on an icy coastline.
Species: snow petrel, Pagodrama nivea Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1990Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8436.jpg

Cape petrel



A cape petrel sits on its nest on a cliff face on Seal Island.
Species: cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1991Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8439.jpg

Brown skua



Two brown skuas fight over the remains of an Antarctic finfish.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8458.jpg

Brown skua



Two brown skuas fight over the remains of an Antarctic finfish.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8478.jpg

Antarctic shag



A close-up of this Antarctic shag highlights its characteristic blue eyes and the yellow/orange growth above its beak that is brightest during the breeding season, presumably to attract mates.
Species: Antarctic shag, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8508.jpg

Brown skua



A skua displays its outstretched wings in a "long-call wing display" as a method of claiming its territory.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica Photo Credit: Ray BuchheitYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8519.jpg

South Polar skua egg



An AMLR scientist records the number of eggs found in this skua nest while the adult skuas are foraging away from the nest.
Species: south polar skua, Catharcata maccormicki Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1994Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8535.jpg

Antarctic shag



Antarctic shags gather at their coastal nesting site.
Species: Antarctic shag, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1994Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8536.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel glides over the crests of waves while foraging in the Southern Ocean.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1995Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8540.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel glides over the crests of waves while foraging in the Southern Ocean.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1995Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8541.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel rests on a sandy beach on Seal Island.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8555.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel walks along the coast on Seal Island. 
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8556.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A white morph giant petrel rests on the beach in front of a group of chinstrap penguins.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8558.jpg

Cape petrel



Cape petrels sit on their nest on the rocky coast of Seal Island.
Species: cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Roger HewittYear Taken: 1996Location: Seal IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8562.jpg

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel chick rests on its nest amidst rocks and mosses.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Kim DietrichYear Taken: 2006Location: King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8642.JPG

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel sits on its nest.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit:Lara AsatoYear Taken: 2006Location: King George IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8648.jpg

Black-browed albatross and cape petrel



Two black-browed albatross fly with a flock of cape petrels across a classic, icy Antarctic seascape.
Species: black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys, and cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Malte DamerauYear Taken: 2009Location: South Shetland IslandsContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8652.jpg

Cape petrel



A flock of cape petrels fly by a rugged Antarctic Island at sunset.
Species: cape petrel, Daption capense Photo Credit: Valerie LoebLocation: RV Yuzhmorgeologiya, South Shetland IslandsContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8706.jpg

Wandering albatross



A wandering albatross glides over the sea on a calm day in the Southern Ocean.
Species: wandering albatross, Diomedea exulansPhoto Credit: Amy Van CiseYear Taken: 2009Location: South Shetland IslandsContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8731.jpg

Black-browed albatross



A black-browed albatross glides in the wind on a stormy day in the Southern Ocean.
Species: black-browed albatross, Thalassarche melanophrysPhoto Credit: Amy Van CiseYear Taken: 2009Location: Deception Island, South Shetland IslandsContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8745.JPG

Southern giant petrel



A southen giant petrel and its chick rest together on a mossy hill of rocks.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: Elaine LeungYear Taken: 2005Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8808.JPG

Antarctic shag



An Antarctic shag gathers nest-building materials in the algae-covered intertidal rocks of Livingston Island.
Species: Antarctic shag, Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis Photo Credit: Elaine LeungYear Taken: 2005Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8810.JPG

Brown skua



A brown skua watches over its two young chicks as they explore the area around their nest.
Species: brown skua, Catharcata antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: Elaine LeungYear Taken: 2005Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8811.JPG

Southern giant petrel



A southern giant petrel scavenges a seal that has been killed by a leopard seal.
Species: Southern giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus Photo Credit: McKenzie MudgeYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livingston IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8878.JPG

Brown skua



A brown skua sits on its nest overlooking Cape Shirreff on Livingston Island.
Species: brown skua, Catharacta antarctica lonnbergi Photo Credit: McKenzie MudgeYear Taken: 2010Location: Cape Shirreff, Livinsgton IslandContact: SWFSC AMLR Programfish8880.JPG