Albatross Pictures

After flying hundreds of miles from home, an adult Laysan Albatross returns to regurgitate what it has collected to feed its chick on Green Island in the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo credit: Claire Fackler, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

Fledgling starting to learn to fly.

DANGERS FACED BY ALBATROSS


Red streamers on longline fishing lines are meant to scare away birds.

Threatened by LongLine Fishing. Laysan albatross caught on fishing line.


When albatrosses fish on the ocean surface, they sometimes eat trash. When their stomachs are full of plastic, they often starve to death. This albatross carcass shows some of the plastic pollution that is killing some albatrosses.

For more on the problem of plastic pollution, see some videos here.

Survivor of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Photo by Pete Leary/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The chicks and adults got washed up into big piles of dead vegetation after a tsunami generated by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan struck the refuge at 11:36 PM on Thursday, March 10th and continued for the next few hours. On March 15, FWS released an official announcement stating that surveys of the three islands reveal that more than 110, 000 albatross chicks – about 22% of this year's albatross production – were lost as a result of the tsunami and two severe winter storms that hit in January and February. At least 2, 000 adults also died. Photo by Pete Leary.

WISDOM

Wisdom, February 2011. She is the oldest known wild bird in the world, at over 60 years old. She is shown here 2011 chick. She laid a new egg in December, 2011, which should hatch early 2012.

HISTORIC PHOTOS


Woodcut from 1837 journal of Dr. Nuno Carvalho de Sousa

1902 Laysan Island

Public Domain Images of Albatrosses

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Photo by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Flying Laysan Albatross

Laysan Albatross pair. Photo by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo by Marc Romano/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Photo by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Photo by Brenda Zaun/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

11. December 2011 by Darcy Pattison
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