The Rookery, Saunders Island – Albatrosses
When I was in the Falklands before and first saw albatrosses, it was November and mating season. Now it’s late summer and the albatross colonies are full of chicks. I was surprised to see such a range of maturity amongst the chicks with some still at the the bundle of fluff stage and others in nearly adult plumage, but for their fluffy heads. The albatross nests look like chimney pots and you don’t really see the chicks moving from them, although they do exercise their wings quite often.
There are albatrosses constantly circling around, every now and again one flies just a couple feet past your head.
As graceful as they are in the air, they have quite a habit of plunging beak first in to the dirt on landing!