Sheathbills "Mutts" waiting outside the kitchen window
in winter. With no skuas around in the winter months, these birds
that live around an Antarctic scientific base can actually get to the
best supply of food around at this time. They accumulate around meal
times drawn to the smells coming from the kitchen waiting for the "gashman"
to start clearing up and hopefully throw some tasty morsels in their
Not exactly a good looking bird and
very nervous and skittish as befits a small and vulnerable creature
that makes its living by scavenging, it was difficult not to have some
respect at least for Mutts as they braved the harshest of conditions
and seemed to know their place in the hierarchy - right down at the
Paul Ward - Pentax equipment, 50mm
lens, 35mm film, K64.
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