7 November 2018
We’ve spotted a number of different birds since arriving on the island seven days ago. Gentoo penguins are largest in numbers, but there are several other species we’ve seen: Blue-eyed Antarctic Shags, Dominican Gulls, Antarctic Terns, Giant Petrels and the characterful Snowy Sheathbills. We spotted a ringed Sheathbill today and could just make out the word ‘Ukraine’. We suspect it was ringed at Vernadsky, the Ukrainian base 25 miles away. We are all surprised that we haven’t seen or heard any Skuas yet. Perhaps because it’s still early in the season?