Light-mantled Sooty Albatross calling to a prospective mate.. Light-mantled Sooty Albatross performing courtship calls and rituals from a prospective nesting site. Once a possible mate is attracted they perform intricate tandem aerial maneuvers to bond.
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Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Perched on nesting site. Light-mantled Sooty Albatross nesting on the rugged cliff tops of Macquarie Island, deep in the Southern Ocean. Light-mantled sooty albatross are the most abundant breeding albatrosses on Macquarie Island, with approx 1000 breeding pairs.
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Wandering Albatross Juvenile. Wandering Albatross juvenile on it's nest, on the coastal flats of Macquarie Island. The chick is so large (12kg when it leaves the nest) that it takes just over 12 months to develop fully. This means the breeding cycle stretch over 2 years.
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Wandering Albatross. Wandering Albatross showing off it's massive wings. They have longest wingspan of any bird and can measure up to 4 metres in span. They rarely flap in flight, instead gliding on the air current created by the wild ocean seas.
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