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Wandering albatrosses

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Wandering albatrosses

Wandering albatrosses. Two male wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) with their wings extended, performing a mating display to a female. These birds nest every 2 years, on islands in the subantarctic. Adults mate for life, following a display involving spreading their wings, waving their heads, rapping bills and calling. The wandering albatross is the largest flying bird on Earth, with a wingspan of up to 3 metres. It feeds on fish and squid. The species is at risk from fisheries, as many birds are drowned when they mistake baited hooks for food. Photographed on South Georgia Island

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Antarctica Bird Birds Courtship Display Displaying Endangered Males Mate Mates Mating Oceanic Rare Re Production Sea Bird Threatened Diomedea Exulans

This print captures a mesmerizing moment in the lives of two male wandering albatrosses, as they perform an enchanting mating display to woo a female companion. These magnificent birds, known as Diomedea exulans, are found nesting every two years on islands in the subantarctic region. With their wings gracefully extended, these males engage in a courtship ritual that involves waving their heads, rapping bills, and calling out to attract their potential mate. The wandering albatross holds the title of being the largest flying bird on Earth, boasting an impressive wingspan that can reach up to three meters. Feeding primarily on fish and squid, this species faces significant threats from fisheries where many individuals tragically drown after mistaking baited hooks for food. Photographed against the stunning backdrop of South Georgia Island, this image showcases not only the beauty but also highlights the vulnerability of these incredible creatures. As adults mate for life following elaborate displays like this one captured here by Science Photo Library's lens, it serves as a reminder of how crucial it is to protect and conserve these endangered birds. With its rich details capturing rare reproductive behavior and showcasing marine wildlife at its finest, this print offers viewers a glimpse into the fascinating world of wandering albatrosses while igniting awareness about conservation efforts needed to safeguard their future within Antarctica's British territory.

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