Saturday, August 22, 2009

BANDED: Black-footed Albatross

Hello, Seabirders,

Black-footed Albatross, the most common albatross in the northeast Pacific, breeds on the northeast Hawaiian island group— especially on Midway and French Frigate Shoals. This is the most commonly encountered albatross on pelagic trips off the central and northern coast of California. Black-footed Albatrosses make a two week round-trip commute from their Hawaiian breeding islands to the coast of California to feed their young in the nest.

On Shearwater Journeys' August 12, 2009 pelagic trip from Bodega Bay, seabirder Phil Swanson of Nebraska, photographed a BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS with leg bands. The yellow leg band number on this individual was labeled as: C787.

Leader Peter Pyle contacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers in Hawaii. It was determined that this individual male was banded at Tern Island and recorded on a nest on 9 December 2008 and 17 January 2009.

If you would like to learn more about the movements of Black-footed Albatrosses and their conservation, please see the Oikonos web site.

Albatrosses forever,

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