20 March 2010 - 27 August 2010
Erik and Erika, were a pair of satellite tagged wandering albatrosses, raising their chick on Bird Island, South Georgia. We tracked the birds as they travelled across the wild Southern Ocean for days to find food. Meanwhile their chick waited for their return. Sadly Erika disapeared without a trace, making it likely that Eriksson will not fledge. You can follow their story as reported by BAS scientists on Bird Island and see their amazing journeys recorded on the map.
Derren and Claudia work for the British Antarctic Survey, studying albatrosses on Bird Island.
Bird Island is a tiny island near South Georgia, over 1,000km east of the Falkland Islands which lie off the tip of South America. During the breeding season the island has one bird or seal for every 1.5m², making it one of the busiest wildlife sites in the world.
© Microsoft Virtual Earth, image courtesy of Navteq
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