Black-browed albatrosses on the Falkland Islands

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/20/2021 - 17:41

The black-browed albatross or Mollymauk (Thalassarche melanophris) from the albatross family (Diomedeidae) spends almost its entire life in the air over the Southern Ocean. We were able to photograph these wonderful birds in Saunders, one of the Falkland Islands, where a large colony of this species is situated.
The animals are not shy because they do not perceive people as dangerous. They don't have many visitors either and the ornithologists who like to visit the islands know how to behave appropriately so that the carefree keeping of the birds is maintained. Back then there was only one house on the island where visitors could find accommodation and where they had to cater for themselves. The kind residents took us to the bird and penguin colonies in the Land Rover every morning and picked us up again in the evening.
Sitting on the cliffs of an albatross colony while the magnificent animals appeared almost curiously at eye level as they fly by is more than impressive. The look into the deep black eyes of these magnificent animals remains an unforgettable experience.

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Picture 1: Black-browed albatrosses on Saunders, one of the Falkland Islands