42 year old Wandering Albatross sighted at Port Strphens

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Subject: 42 year old Wandering Albatross sighted at Port Strphens
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:30:59 +1100
Hello Birding-Aus people,

Mick and Steve Roderick, members of the Hunter Bird Observers Club,conduct
pelagic birding trips from Port Stephens, NSW.

On the trip on October 22 a Wandering Albatross was photographed about 50km
south east of Port Stephens. It was a banded bird and, serendipitously, the
number on the band was readable in the photo.

The photo was forwarded to the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme in
Canberra. They passed it on to the groups that band Albatrosses.

The French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (= our CSIRO) had
banded this bird at the Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean in 1975.
The bird, a female, was then at least six years old, i.e. had fully adult 
This makes the bird, J26, now to be at least 42 years old.

The Wandering Albatross with its three metre wingspan is a magnificent
animal at any time. To have survived the fishing hooks and other hazards
of the Southern Ocean for at least 42 years is something to marvel at.


Jim Smart
East Maitland


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