Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fussy female (Gibson)

Over the last few weeks we have spotted a regular visitor to Kaikoura, a 13 year old female Gibson’s Albatross who was sighted on 10 different occasions; she is easily identified by the orange band around her right leg, sporting the number 512. She is the most frequently sighted banded albatross here in Kaikoura and is from the Mt Dick colony on Adam’s Island in the Auckland Island group, over 580 nautical miles south of Kaikoura.

Unfortunately, although she has been seen displaying with a number of different males, none of her potential suitors have been up to to scratch and to date she is still officially single. However, we are not concerned, as a bird of her beauty can afford to be fussy....

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