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I work as a Zoological Field Assistant, and am the 2009 Winter Base Commander, at Bird Island Research Station, one of the British Antarctic Survey's five research bases in Antarctica. The main remit of my job is seal fieldwork as part of BAS' Long Term Monitoring and Survey programme. Science has been carried out on Bird Island since 1958. I work with Antarctic fur seals and leopard seals, as well as assisting with the seabird fieldwork programme. Contact me on: ewanedwards at gmail dot com

Sunday, 3 May 2009

03.05.2009 - Early winter photos

Dusting off the sledges

A tiny unguarded wandering albatross chick

Wandering albatross adults on Wanderer Ridge

Moulting macaroni penguins in Mac Cwm

South Georgia pipit above the base

Dave on a sledge

A male fur seal practices at holding territory in the snow

Evermann Cove and stormy evening skies over South Georgia and La Roche

A grey-headed albatross feeds its chick, Colony A

Grey headed albatross chick on its nest, Colony A

With the departure of the BAS ship, RRS James Clark Ross after resupplying our food stores on April 13th, we go into another long winter on Bird Island. At present, we do not expect another ship visit for six months. There are five on base: myself, Derren and Stacey (the three Zoological Field Assistants), David (technician) and Jose (a squid and predator biologist).

The weather has turned a little wintery in recent days, with some snow showers - and although we don't really expect enough snow for winter sports until June or July, Dave and I have already managed a bit of tobogganing up on the lower slopes of La Roche.

The black-browed albatross chicks have been leaving the island, and the grey-headed chicks won't be far behind. Wandering albatross parents are returning every few days to feed their chicks which have recently been left unguarded, and will remain on the nest throughout the winter.

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