• Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida)

    Article and Photography Heyn de Kock

    Taxonomy is quite controversial; some (including Christidis and Boles) still regard it as race impavida of the Black-browed Albatross, but most authorities (IOC and Birdlife International) regard this as a good species. Adults are separated from Black-browed Albatross by the yellow eye; juveniles are not reliably separated at sea.

    A fairly common visitor to Australian waters mainly in winter, most commonly seen in the Tasman Sea, south and south-east, quite rare in the south-west. They breed on the Campbell Island group, New Zealand from September. A single egg is incubated for 70 days and chicks fledge in 130 days. They feed on fish, squid, crustaceans and carrion. They are readily attracted to chum.

    This species is classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International, because breeding is restricted to a single location, where it is susceptible to human impacts and catastrophic events. Although numbers decreased steeply in the 70s and 80s due to long line fishing, the population is now thought to be increasing.
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      Richard Hall -
      An incredible looking bird, particularly that face! Good article Heyn.