All albatrosses lay only one egg each season they breed. Great albatrosses incubate the egg for around 79 days. This northern royal albatross is on Little Sister Island in the Chathams group. Once covered in low vegetation, the main breeding islands, including this one, suffered severe damage in a series of storms since 1985 which stripped them of plants and soil. Consequently there has been little shelter and less soil for building nests, so fewer albatross pairs have successfully raised chicks. However, since this photo was taken in 1995 there has been a slow improvement.
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Photograph by C. J. R. Robertson
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