NESTING LAYSAN ALBATROSS BY PHILHABER
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About the photo...
Phil says... " These two were doing something that certainly looked like a dance when I took this photo, involving bobbing up and down and seeming to click their beaks together."
This photo was taken on March 11, 2012 in Princeville, Hawaii, US, using a Nikon D300.
Focal Length: 400mm
About the bird species...
The Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis, is a large seabird that ranges across the North Pacific.
The Laysan Albatross averages 81 cm (32 in) in length, and has a wingspan of 195–203 cm (77–80 in).
Courtship entails especially elaborate 'dances' that have up to 25 ritualized movements.
The Laysan Albatross is normally a silent bird, but on occasion they may be observed emitting long "moo"-ing sounds, descending whinnies, or rattles.Female Laysan albatrosses bond for life, so they can cooperatively raise their young.
The IUCN has classified the Laysan Albatross as vulnerable due to drastic reductions in populations; however recent studies show that the population may be rebounding.
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at Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:11
A truly beautiful capture, Phil, many thanks for sharing it with us!
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