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Wandering albatrosses courting
Wandering albatrosses courting (Photo: Graham Robertson)

I photographed these birds on South Georgia early one morning in a rare moment of squall light, which is arguably the best light you can get, particularly when surrounding a bird that spends its life being blown about in the Southern Ocean. The albatross with its wings outstretched is a male trying to attract the female, who is grass-bound, having been exhausted by the size of the male's ego!

Graham Robertson

About the photographer

Dr Graham Robertson is a seabird ecologist with the Australian Antarctic Division. He has conducted pioneering research on emperor penguins, and more recently the incidental mortality of albatrosses in longline fisheries. Read his article, Can albatrosses and longline fisheries co-exist?.