Prion Antarctic (Pachyptila desolata) – Continental Shelf South Africa

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Prion Antarctic (Pachyptila desolata) – Continental Shelf South Africa

Birdlife Africa Flock 2022 cruise on MS Orchestra 24-31st January 2022 with 1500 birders from around the world.  Departed Cape Town for Prince Edward (S46o38’39” E37o44’37”)and Marion Island (S46o54’45” E37o44’37”), both South Africa territories.  We  disembarked at Durban.

Second morning at sea, 26th January after leaving Cape Town, sailing out of  SA territorial waters.

The small, fast and darting Prions are notoriously difficult to identify, the most accurate method is the length and shape of the bill.  Any ID Corrections will be most welcome.


  • Species:Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata)
  • Bird Type:Adult in flight
  • FamilyPetrels, Shearwaters (Procellariidae)
  • Date Taken20220126
  • Location:Latitude: S 43°21.128' Longitude: E 32°12.372’
  • Area:South East Indian Ocean Latitude: S 43°33.643' Longitude: E 32°33.574’
  • Country:South Africa
  • Region:All Africa South of Sahara
Photo File Ref: BOA02402ac Prion Antarctic 3 South African Continental Shelf RSA - Flock22 Jan22 PH850_9448
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