Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Snow Petrel December 02 2008

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Henry Adams mentions in his report today that the team saw a pair of white birds which, after a little research, we think were probably snow petrels.

Snow petrel's nest colonially in small to large colonies on cliffs, usually near the sea, but also inland. Some birds remain at the colony all year, but the main influx of birds to the colonies is from mid-September until early November.

The nest is a simple pebble-lined scrape usually in a deep rock crevice with overhanging protection. One white egg is laid in late November to mid-December . The egg is incubated for 41-49 days and the chick is brooded for 8 days. The chick then remains in the nest for an additional 7 weeks. Snow petrel chicks leave the nest in late February to mid-May.

Click here to find out more from the Australian Antarctic Division's website.

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