Albatross Photographic Extravaganza on Saunders Island …

 

Ben’s News from the Falkland Photo Tour:

(Photos: Peter Veryser and Michou von Beschwitz)

Week Two of our trip turned out to be as exciting as our first.

The next step of this incredible adventure – after we left Bleaker Island – was to another island. Saunders island is the most ideal place to photograph Black-browed Albatross. They are large, beautiful birds and they nest on flat rocks many meters above the sea. The nests are made of mud, and the birds return to their individual nests year after year. They mate for life, and partners return together to breed.

When the chicks are large enough, they leave the nest and live at sea for six years. During this time they follow the wind and currents, and after six years they return to land for the first time to learn about adulthood.

The chicks find a lifelong mate and then breed in the nest where they hatched or within ten meters of that spot if the parents are still there. The lifespan of these albatrosses is around fifty years.

We had a full day to photograph the albatrosses and took advantage of each moment, especially when the adults returned to their nests to feed their chicks.

In addition we photographed a number of young adults interacting busily with each other … meeting, and deciding on their lifelong partners.

Even more in next post …