Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

UPDATED. A big breeding year for Wandering Albatrosses on Bird Island in the South Atlantic

Wanderer Bird Island

An incubating Wandering Albatross on Bird Island, photograph by Derren Fox

Each austral summer on Bird Island, South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur)* in the South Atlantic the annual Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans (Vulnerable) nest census takes place.  It is completed at the end of January when all of the Wanderers that are going to attempt breeding for that season are incubating.  The 2021 results are 671 eggs, a five-year high for the island. It's reported that there wasn't an abnormally high failure rate on Bird Island in the previous season (failed birds will return the next year to try agan in a species that only breeds every second year if successful thus boosting the numbers) so the current season could be a combination of both this and more first-time breeders recruting to the population laying eggs.

Information from the Facebook Page of BirdLife International’s Albatross Task Force.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 06 March 2021, updated 09 Maech 2021

*A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur y Islas Sandwich del Sur) and the surrounding maritime areas.