Pirie Peninsula

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Pirie Peninsula is a narrow peninsula extending 6 km (3.7 mi) northward from the center of Laurie Island, in the South Orkney Islands of Antarctica. The peninsula was surveyed in 1903 by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition under Bruce, who named it for Dr Harvey Pirie, surgeon and geologist of the expedition.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The peninsula has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports a breeding colony of about 14,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins. Other birds nesting at the site in smaller numbers include Cape petrels (3800 pairs) and imperial shags (170 pairs).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pirie Peninsula, Laurie Island". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 

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


Coordinates: 60°42′S 44°39′W / 60.700°S 44.650°W / -60.700; -44.650