By David F. Parmelee

Chook Island in Antarctic Waters was once first released in 1980. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press variants. Few maps exhibit the positioning of poultry Island—a lonely outcrop within the South Georgia workforce the place Antarctic waters push opposed to the Atlantic east of Cape Horn. Its forbidding flanks invite few human viewers. yet when you achieve its beaches there are wealthy rewards. Ornithologist David Parmelee used to be one of many lucky. Nowhere within the chicken international has he obvious something to check the fabulous numbers and weird amassing of birds in this teeming speck of land. 1 / 4 million penguins on Macaroni aspect, the big wandering albatross, petrels, skuas, pintails, pipits, and shags, in addition to approximately 80,000 ferocious fur seals, all inhabit chicken Island. Professor Parmelee, a talented artist in addition to a scientist-explorer, spent six weeks at the island because the visitor of a British clinical survey group. His tale combines cautious box statement with the thrill of exploration. fowl Island in Antarctic Waters is illustrated with the author's drawings, work, and images, which, in colour and black and white, seize the flora and fauna and surroundings of a desirable a part of the realm.

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November 14, Southern Ocean, enroute to Bird Island, aspect foggy, sea fairly rough, more birds than usual" was entered in my daily log on the eve of debarkation. That day I experienced an excitement known mostly to youth. All the good moments afield that I had experienced passed through my thoughts. I knew that great things were ahead. I remember clearly making the hourly bird counts from both stern and bow, meditating on my equipment, packing and repacking the duffle bags, discovering that I had taken the wrong camera lens.

That day I experienced an excitement known mostly to youth. All the good moments afield that I had experienced passed through my thoughts. I knew that great things were ahead. I remember clearly making the hourly bird counts from both stern and bow, meditating on my equipment, packing and repacking the duffle bags, discovering that I had taken the wrong camera lens. And I remember 17 LONNBERG HOUSE: THE FIRST NIGHT White-chinned petrel. 18 the clutching fear that the promised landing on Bird Island somehow would be aborted.

Nothing edible goes begging around Lonnberg House. By then the fog was so dense that the tussock hills surrounding the inlet were invisible. Later, I knew these prominences were dotted with white specks—nesting albatrosses, no less, and all looked down on little Lonnberg House in its world of seals. First impressions are best. Inside the cluttered quarters of Lonnberg House I sensed immediately that this was a scientific laboratory, not merely a refuge in the wilderness. 19 LONNBERG HOUSE: THE FIRST NIGHT 20 Exploratory field work breaks down two ways.

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