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Wandering Albatross

Sir David Attenborough presents the wandering albatross of the South Atlantic Ocean.

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Sir David Attenborough presents the wandering albatross of the South Atlantic Ocean. On the windswept South Georgian Islands, a stiff breeze is ruffling the grass tussocks as a Wandering Albatross is billing and coo-ing to its mate. These huge seabirds, mate for life and can live for 50 years (or more). Longevity is vital for a species which produces only one chick every two years. The chocolate brown youngster takes to the air nine months after hatching, the longest pre-fledging period of any bird, but when it does, it breaks another record, as adults have the longest wingspan of any living bird, which can reach over 5metres.

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Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)

Webpage image courtesy of Yukihiro Fukuda / naturepl.com.

NPL Ref 01238597 © Yukihiro Fukuda / naturepl.com

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