Ferguslie Peninsula

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Chinstrap penguins at Cape Geddes in 1962

Ferguslie Peninsula is a peninsula 2.4 km (1.5 mi) long, lying between Browns Bay and Macdougal Bay on the north coast of Laurie Island, in the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica. Cape Geddes forms the tip of the peninsula. It was charted in 1903 by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition under William Speirs Bruce, who named it for Ferguslie, the residence of James Coats, chief patron of the expedition.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

A 113 ha tract of ice-free land, including Cape Geddes and the eastern side of the peninsula, has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a large breeding colony of about 12,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins. Other birds nesting at the site include over 200 pairs of southern giant petrels at Cape Geddes.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferguslie Peninsula". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Ferguslie Peninsula, Laurie Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Ferguslie Peninsula" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).


Coordinates: 60°43′S 44°34′W / 60.717°S 44.567°W / -60.717; -44.567