Story: Albatrosses

Surface feeding

Albatrosses often have to travel far from their colony to find food, especially in a poor season. The sight of other birds feeding is a signal that food is around, so large numbers of birds tend to congregate. Fishing boats can be a mixed blessing – discarded offal provides food, but birds can get caught on longline hooks or in trawl nets.

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Paul Sagar, 'Albatrosses - Feeding and foraging', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/7070/surface-feeding (accessed 4 June 2020)

Story by Paul Sagar, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015