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Wilson's storm petrel        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The dainty little Wilson's storm petrel is one of the most abundant birds, with millions nesting around the Antarctic continent and nearby islands.   It also is a prodigious migrant, flying well up into the north Atlantic basin (and occasionally to the north Pacific) during the Austral winter.   These birds were picking up small food particles in Arthur Harbor, or incubating eggs in rock crevices, near the U.S. research base at Palmer Station, off the Antarctic Peninsula.  Two related species, the black and ashy storm-petrel, are common off of California./P>

  • Nikon F3, Nikon 400 mm EDIF lens or 90 mm macro lens, Kodachrome 64 (1991)