Royal Albatross Nest - Enderby Island

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Royal Albatross nest Enderby Island

Southern Royal Albatrosses display behaviour amongst the shrubs of sub-Antarctic Enderby Island. This is a small colony of around 70 breeding pairs and represents a return for this bird which was made locally extinct on Enderby Island in the 1880's. Pigs and cats still pose a threat to the birds however as they will take chicks and eggs.

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