Project details

Wandering Albatrosses use their large wings – arguably the longest of any bird – to soar over the Southern Ocean, using the differential in wind speed between wave crests and troughs to travel vast distances for very little energy expenditure. However, their large wings limit their ability to dive, so they have to find all their food within 1 m of the sea surface. This project uses GPS-enabled Daily Diaries to quantify how Wandering Albatrosses breeding at sub-Antarctic Marion Island search to maximize their chances of success.


Peter Ryan