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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Sound of the Earth: Birds at the Southern Edge of the World

Air Date: Week of December 30, 2016

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Rockhopper penguins in a nest (Photo: Mark Seth Lender)

Rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses make a racket as they share a nesting site in the Southern Ocean. Living on Earth’s Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender recorded them at West Point in the Falkland Islands.

Transcript

[CALLS OF BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSSES AND ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS]

CURWOOD: We leave you this week – in the vast mostly empty Southern Ocean…

[CALLS OF ALBATROSSES AND ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS]

CURWOOD: Though the roaring 40s and furious 50s are among the least populated places on the planet – the steep cliffs of West Point on the Falkland Islands, house a huge crowded rookery ….


Black browed albatross in flight (Photo: Mark Seth Lender)

[MORE CALLS OF ALBATROSSES AND ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS]

CURWOOD: It’s the black-browed Albatross that’s laughing - and the high-pitched squawking comes from Rockhopper Penguins.

[MORE CALLS OF ALBATROSSES AND ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS]

CURWOOD: Both these species are awkward and ungainly on land – but masters of the wild waves that surround them.

[MORE CALLS OF ALBATROSSES AND ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS]

CURWOOD: Living on Earth’s Explorer in residence, Mark Seth Lender recorded these obstreperous birds – and took the photos you can see at our website, LOE.org.

 

Links

Find more photography on Mark Seth Lender’s website

 

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