Royal Albatross - Campbell Island

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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 epomorpha) and the Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi).

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.

Photo; © Mike Usher - Pictures from an icebreaker cruise to Eastern Antarctica.