The Black Browed Albatross!

Trip Start Oct 18, 2010
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Trip End Nov 11, 2010


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Amazingly the weather permited a zodiac landing on Steeple Jason Island, one of a chain of islands stretching 40 miles northwest of the Falklands. Steeple Jason is a totally uninhabited (by humans) island but is home to perhaps the largest colony of Black-Browed Albatross in the world with something like 150,000 mating pairs! They were all sitting on top of these amazing little pillars of mud that are apparently used again from year to year, often by the same pair. Mixed in amongst the Albatross were a few rockhopper penguins. It's interesting that they have decided to build their nests there but if you consider the impact on the predator flight path it makes a lot of sense and they all seem to get along.

There was also a small colony of Gentoo penguins who build their nests out rocks and are constantly stealing rocks from each other. There appears to be some significance to who has which rocks but naturalists have yet to figure it out.
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