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Images Dated 1st February 2002

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Pair of wandering albatrosses Featured 1 Feb 2002 Image

Pair of wandering albatrosses

Pair of wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans). These birds nest every 2 years, on islands in the sub-Antarctic. Each pair produces a single egg, which is incubated for 11 weeks. The chick is with its parents for 40 weeks after hatching, during which time both the male and the female provide it with food. Wandering albatrosses are the largest flying birds on earth, with wingspans that can reach 3.5 metres. They feed on fish and squid, travelling tens of thousands of kilometres on foraging trips in the southern oceans. Their numbers are at risk from fisheries, as many birds are drowned when they mistake baited hooks for food. Photographed on Bird Island, South Georgia