black browed albatross

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Photo by @FransLanting Young albatrosses take many months to mature before they’re ready to take flight and head off to sea. These black-browed albatross chicks have a long way to go before they can lift their wings and become the supreme flyers sailors have admired for centuries. They’re all sitting on mud nests built by their parents, who are searching the open ocean for squid to take back to their downy offspring in the Falkland Islands. I love albatrosses! To me they are among the most amazing creatures on the planet. I never get tired of watching them and photographing them. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories from the Southern Ocean.

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An Endangered Black-browed Albatross ( Thalassarche melanophrys)  spotted off the coast of Chile.

This species only breeds on about a dozen islands worldwide, but can be seen throughout the southern oceans by some lucky viewers! Albatross experience a high risk of extinction because they have very long generation times and produce very few offspring during each breeding attempt. This leaves their populations vulnerable to decline from invasive predators.

  • Photo by Hugo Arnal