The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Heard and McDonald Islands starting with some spectacular views of Heard Island’s Big Ben volcano and illustrating many of the seabird species that live in the southern oceans. It includes photos from one of the rare land-based scientific expeditions to Heard Island, contributed by one of the scientists aboard the R.V. Braveheart towards the end of the southern summer in March-April 2016.
The islands and their surrounding oceans support 23 species of marine mammals (including seven species of seals, 13 whales, two dolphins and a porpoise) and 34 species of birds (including substantial populations of macaroni, gentoo, king and southern rock penguins, as well as black-browed, light-mantled and wandering albatross). Many of these species are illustrated in the slideshow,including elephant seals, king penguins, a gentoo penguin rookery, southern rock-hopper penguin, soft-plumaged, white-chinned and giant petrels, sub-antarctic and brown skuas, kelp gulls, fulmar prion and the endemic Heard Island cormorant. Some of the site’s geological features are illustrated including frost-fractured and wind-scoured rocks, various Eolian features, sedimentary ice, Nullabor sand patterns and a Drygalski formation block (with thanks to Flickr contributor laikilosse for technical details!).
The following Flickr photographers are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow. The majority of the photos were provided by laikilosse and Richard Arculus, with additional images by Inigo Cia and Pedro Martins Pereira Junior.
Area: 6,589 km2
- Geological features (viii);
- Ecological processes (ix)