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Royal Albatross - Campbell Island
The Royal Albatross
is the second largest behind the Wandering Albatross.
It has a wingspan of around 3m (nearly 10 feet)
and weighs 8.5kg (19lb). There are two types that
are now considered to be separate species, the Southern
Royal Albatross (Diomedea
the Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea
Campbell Island has almost the entire world's
population of Southern Royal Albatrosses, around
8,500 breeding pairs at present. One chick is raised
every two years.
Picture courtesy of Mike
Usher - Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board
the Kapitan Khlebnikov in 2005.
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