First Short-tailed Albatross Chick to Hatch Outside Japan
The chick hatched during a major storm but the parent did an excellent job protecting it from the inclement weather.
Establishing a new nesting colony is one of several important steps needed to continue the rare bird’s recovery because volcanic activity regularly threatens the short-tailed albatross’ main nesting grounds on Torishima Island. The species’ recovery also depends on reducing the threats of contaminants, especially oil contamination at sea and plastic ingestion; reducing bycatch of these seabirds from commercial fisheries; and addressing invasive species and other competitive species at nesting colonies.
Two FWS biologists took pictures at a distance to avoid any disturbance to the adult. This was accomplished behind cover with relatively large zoom lenses. The area is closed to other Midway staff, volunteers and visitors.
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