BirdLife: The Magazine September 2017 - Page 60

PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE: SEABIRDS This year, our Seabird Tracking Database reached an incredible milestone — ten million data points. One of the largest conservation collaborations in the world, this incredible database allows us to identify the movements of the world’s threatened seabirds and pinpoint the marine areas that are most vital to them. From albatrosses to penguins, petrels and gulls, the tracking database now gathers seabird data from over 120 research institutes (including BirdLife and its Partners), and more than 170 scientists. Data on Critically Endangered species such as the Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena, Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus and another 36 globally threatened species are regularly registered in the database. In total, the database holds information for 113 species in more than 10 million locations. To celebrate, Steph Winnard of our Marine Programme shares with us these stunning images from her travels, which take us deep into the little-seen world of these ocean-wandering wonders... FAMILY MEETING ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS Throwing its head skywards, an adult King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus calls amidst a sea of fluffy brown chicks all desperate for a meal. Penguins can recognise each other by call which allows chick and parent to be reunited, even in a colony as big as this one at St Andrews Bay, South Georgia with over 300,000 King Penguin. Steph Winnard is Project Officer for the Albatross Task Force, an international team dedicated to reducing the deaths of albatrosses and petrels in the world’s deadliest fisheries. Her passion for saving albatrosses stems from two and a half years spent researching albatrosses, penguins and seals on South Georgia for the British Antarctic Survey, where she witnessed first-hand their decline. Oli Prince is a trained chef, and has combined this with his love for photography by cooking in remote environments, including at the South Pole. He worked on the South Georgia rat eradication project as a chef and fieldworker, and will be returning early next year to document the final monitoring phase of the project through photography. Most recently he has been working with the RSPB on Shetland to look at conservation issues affecting the Atlantic Puffin. More of Steph and Oli’s images can be seen at www.princeimages.co.uk