Black-browed Albatross Colony, Falkland Islands by Clare Hogston

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Steeple Jason Island is home to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world - it holds about 70% of the worlds population (approximately 500,000 breeding pairs). It is not an easy island to get to - an eighteen hour journey from the UK to the Falklands, then an hours ride in a six seater plane to Carcass Island, and then a four hour boat ride to finally arrive at Steeple Jason. We stayed in the research station for three nights so we were able to see the colony at different times of day. This photo was taken on a beautiful evening, I was sitting on the edge of part of the colony watching the activity and listening to the cacophony all around. As with so many species on the Falklands, these Albatross are very accommodating of you being close, allowing the use of a wide angled lens.It was a very special few days we spent amounts these most majestic birds, watching many tender moments between parent and chick, and adults re-affirming their bonds.

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