Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Royal Albatross - New Zealand
I saw only one albatross nesting; it was still a bit early in the season. We went to the Royal Albatross Center where we got a chance to see these magnificent birds in flight. It is the only place in the world where Albatross breeds on the mainland.
I commend the managers of the RAC as they have done an amazing job of keeping predators away from the birds. They have fences set up to keep dogs and cats out, rat traps set out to capture rats, mice, and stoats, and have managed to facilitate a significant breeding colony. It is a tragedy about how man has devastated bird populations all over the world. This is one place where we are taking that trend back. Well done.