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Subantarctic Islands 2010

Most part of November I spent on the 72 meter long Russian Vessel "Spirit of Enderby". The real name is Professor Khromov and it has an all Russian crew consisting of 22 persons. The ship is now run by The New Zealand Company "Heritage Expiditions" from Christchurch making ocean trips all around the world. We travelled 2600 nautical miles south from New Zealand starting in Invercargill and ending in Dunedin.

The Subantarctic Islands are tiny havens for some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet. They lie in the cool temperate or Subantarctic Zone to the south and east of New Zealand in the great southern ocean that encircles Antarctica. This is a windswept and at times forbidding swath of sea, surprising in its fecundity.

The Subantarctic Islands are comprised of six groups: the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes, the Snares, the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island. Flora and fauna are densely concentrated here: the number of indigenous plants and seabirds found in the Subantarctic Islands is far greater than that found on similar groups in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Royal Albatross - Campbell Island
Royal Albatross - Campbell Island
Stewart Island
Stewart Island
Cape Pigeon
Cape Pigeon
Late evening with White-capped Albatrosses near Stewart island
Late evening with White-capped Albatrosses near Stewart island
Early misty morning at Snares island
Early misty morning at Snares island
Snares Crested Penguins - Snares Island
Snares Crested Penguins - Snares Island
Dens forrest at Enderby Island
Dens forrest at Enderby Island
New Zealand Sealion - Sandy beach Enderby Island
New Zealand Sealion - Sandy beach Enderby Island
New Zealand Sealions at Enderby Island
New Zealand Sealions at Enderby Island
A harem of New Zealand Sea Lions - Enderby Island
A harem of New Zealand Sea Lions - Enderby Island
Young Sealions playing
Young Sealions playing
Tomtit - Enderby Island
Tomtit - Enderby Island
 Auckland Island Shag - Enderby Island
Auckland Island Shag - Enderby Island
The Flightless Teal - Enderby Island
The Flightless Teal - Enderby Island
Flightless Teals resting at kelp at Enderby Island - Auckland Islands
Flightless Teals resting at kelp at Enderby Island - Auckland Islands
New Zealand Pipit and megaherbs at Enderby Island
New Zealand Pipit and megaherbs at Enderby Island
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Nesting Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses - Enderby Island
Nesting Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses - Enderby Island
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross - Enderby Island (Auckland Islands)
Shy and skulking- the Yellow -eyed Penguin - Enderby Island
Shy and skulking- the Yellow -eyed Penguin - Enderby Island
Antarctic Skuas having an argument...  Enderby Island
Antarctic Skuas having an argument... Enderby Island
Resting Antarctic Skua - Enderby Island
Resting Antarctic Skua - Enderby Island
Wet Zodiac landing at Carnley Harbour - Auckland Island
Wet Zodiac landing at Carnley Harbour - Auckland Island
Wet forrest near Carnley Harbour Auckland Island
Wet forrest near Carnley Harbour Auckland Island
Black-browed Albatross in gale
Black-browed Albatross in gale
Campbell Albatross in gale
Campbell Albatross in gale
White-capped Albatross in strong winds
White-capped Albatross in strong winds
Campbell Albatross
Campbell Albatross
Spirit of Enderby heading for Macquarie Island in severe gale
Spirit of Enderby heading for Macquarie Island in severe gale
Spirit of Enderby rolling 30 degrees portside and 25 degrees starboard (makes you seasick??)
Spirit of Enderby rolling 30 degrees portside and 25 degrees starboard (makes you seasick??)
Royal Albatross in gale
Royal Albatross in gale
Fairy Prion
Fairy Prion
Fairy Prions
Fairy Prions
Royal Albatross
Royal Albatross
Beautiful weather with nice waves.....
Beautiful weather with nice waves.....
Salvins Albatross
Salvins Albatross
Salvins Albatross and Prion
Salvins Albatross and Prion
White-capped and Salvins Albatross flying together
White-capped and Salvins Albatross flying together
Nathan Russ helping a Zodiac with a wet landing on Macquarie island
Nathan Russ helping a Zodiac with a "wet landing" on Macquarie island
Young Sea Elephant - Macquarie Island
Young Sea Elephant - Macquarie Island
Young Sea Elephant - Macquarie Island
Young Sea Elephant - Macquarie Island
Female Sea Elephant
Female Sea Elephant
Royal Penguins
Royal Penguins
Come on boys (and girls?) - Royal penguins at Macquarie island
Come on boys (and girls?) - Royal penguins at Macquarie island
Royal Penguins
Royal Penguins
Taking your friend to the beach - Royal penguins Macquarie Island
"Taking your friend to the beach" - Royal penguins Macquarie Island
Royal Penguins Rock`n Roll
Royal Penguins Rock`n Roll
Resting Royal Penguin
Resting Royal Penguin
Antarctic Skuas stealing Royal Penguin egg
Antarctic Skuas stealing Royal Penguin egg
King- and Royal Penguins at Macquarie Island
King- and Royal Penguins at Macquarie Island
Friends......King Penguins at Macquarie Island
"Friends"......King Penguins at Macquarie Island
King Penguins - time for inspection?
King Penguins - time for inspection?
King Penguins
King Penguins
Resting King Penguins
Resting King Penguins
Resting King Penguin
Resting King Penguin
King Penguins taking a bath
King Penguins taking a bath
King Penguins taking a bath
King Penguins taking a bath
Young King Penguin
Young King Penguin
King Penguins at Macquarie Island
King Penguins at Macquarie Island
Gentoo Penguins - Maquarie
Gentoo Penguins - Maquarie
Gentoo with chick - Macquarie island
Gentoo with chick - Macquarie island
Gentoo with chicks - Macquarie island
Gentoo with chicks - Macquarie island
Gentoo penguin with chicks and Elephant Seal - Macquarie Island
Gentoo penguin with chicks and Elephant Seal - Macquarie Island
Adult male Sea Elephants
Adult male Sea Elephants
Fighting Sea Elephant males at Macquarie Island
Fighting Sea Elephant males at Macquarie Island
Adult Sea Elephant
Adult Sea Elephant
Pale morf of Southern Giant Skua - Macquarie Island
Pale morf of Southern Giant Skua - Macquarie Island
The research station at Macquarie island
The research station at Macquarie island
Grey-headed Albatross
Grey-headed Albatross
Grey-headed Albatrosses
Grey-headed Albatrosses
Campbell Albatross
Campbell Albatross
Touch down.... A Campbell Albatross flying low
"Touch down".... A Campbell Albatross flying low
Southern Royal Albatross
Southern Royal Albatross
 Royal Albatross
Royal Albatross
Southern Royal Albatross on Campbell Island
Southern Royal Albatross on Campbell Island
Megaherb at Campbell Island
Megaherb at Campbell Island
Red-billed Gull
Red-billed Gull
 Red-billed Gulls mate - Campbell Island
Red-billed Gulls mate - Campbell Island
Red-billed Gull
Red-billed Gull
Antipodean Albatross - Antipodes Island
Antipodean Albatross - Antipodes Island
Subantarctic Furseal at Antipodes Island
Subantarctic Furseal at Antipodes Island
Kelp Gulls at Antipodes Island
Kelp Gulls at Antipodes Island
New Zealand Furseal at Antipodes
New Zealand Furseal at Antipodes
Our Vessel at anchor near Antipodes Island
Our Vessel at anchor near Antipodes Island
Northern Giant Storm Petrel - Antipodes Island
Northern Giant Storm Petrel - Antipodes Island
New Zealand Furseals at Bounty Islands
New Zealand Furseals at Bounty Islands
Erect-crested Penguins passing a New Zealand Furseal
Erect-crested Penguins passing a New Zealand Furseal
Salvins Albatrosses
Salvins Albatrosses
Chumming Salvins Albatrosses near Bounty Islands
"Chumming" Salvins Albatrosses near Bounty Islands
White-faced Storm Petrel near Chatham Island
White-faced Storm Petrel near Chatham Island
Chatham Albatross
Chatham Albatross
Chatham Albatrosses near Pyramid Island
Chatham Albatrosses near Pyramid Island
Chatham Albatross
Chatham Albatross
White-fronted Tern - South East Island - Chatham Islands
White-fronted Tern - South East Island - Chatham Islands
Shore Plover - a rare wader only found at South East Island (Chatham group)
Shore Plover - a rare wader only found at South East Island (Chatham group)
New Zealand Furseal - Chatham
New Zealand Furseal - Chatham
Little Blue Penguin hiding behind rocks close to the shoreline
Little Blue Penguin hiding behind rocks close to the shoreline
Bullers Albatross at Chatham Island
Bullers Albatross at Chatham Island
 Northern Giant Petrel at Forty Four Islands
Northern Giant Petrel at Forty Four Islands
Northern Royal Albatross trying to land
Northern Royal Albatross trying to land
Northern Royal Albatross landing
Northern Royal Albatross landing
Northern Royal Albatross
Northern Royal Albatross
Northern Royal Albatross near The Sisters
Northern Royal Albatross near The Sisters
Bullers- and Northern Royal Albatrosses near The Sisters
Bullers- and Northern Royal Albatrosses near The Sisters
Northen Royal Albatross landing among Bullers Albatrosses
Northen Royal Albatross landing among Bullers Albatrosses
Bullers Albatross
Bullers Albatross
Bullers Albatross
Bullers Albatross
Ocean view heading for Dunedin
Ocean view heading for Dunedin
Sooty Shearwaters
Sooty Shearwaters
Prion shadow
"Prion shadow"
Prion at dusk
Prion at dusk
Sea Sparkle (Noctiluca scintillans) at night seen from the boat
Sea Sparkle (Noctiluca scintillans) at night seen from the boat