Thursday, September 3, 2009

Taiaroa Head

Stewart Island Shags and Northern Royal Albatross colonies at Taiaroa Head. Its the time of the year when the albatross chicks are leaving their nests for several years at-sea before they return home to socialize and start breeding. We saw three albatross chicks who were mostly napping while we were there, though they make for quite impressively sized "chicks"; their parents were out looking for food. Other chicks had already taken off and left the colony earlier this week, and soon other adults will be returning to start the breeding season anew.

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