Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Wrong hemisphere! A Black-browed Albatross turns up among gannets at the United Kingdom's Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs Black browed Albatross Craig Thomas 

A Black-browed Albatross among the Northern Gannets at Bempton Cliffs, photograph by Craig Thomas

An adult Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris was photographed on 2 July this year among Northern Gannets Morus bassanus at Bempton Cliffs in the United Kingdom.  The mainland seabird colony in Yorkshire is a nature reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  The unbanded bird was present for a few days before departing (click here).

According to the report of last month’s sighting a Black-browed Albatross was seen at Bempton Cliffs in 2017.  The species has been recorded as singletons in the UK (click here for a 2015 record) and elsewhere in the North Atlantic from time to time, including off Canada.

See also here.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 10 August 2020