Royal fans worldwide are thrilled as the first northern royal albatross chick of the 2019/20 breeding season was welcomed at the Royal Albatross Colony.
Department of Conservation (DOC) Ranger Sharyn Broni says; “It’s an exciting time of year when the first chick hatches and signifies the start of the busiest time of year for DOC rangers. While the rest of New Zealand is hoping for warmer weather and sunshine, we are hoping for the cool breezy weather to continue to help with successful hatching”. 141 albatross have already been spotted since the official start of the season in September.
Marketing Manager Royal Albatross Centre Sophie Barker notes; “This is a wonderful time to visit the colony as there are several albatross nests within view of our observatory. The gorgeous white fluffy chicks are eagerly awaited by our team who love sharing the exhilaration of seeing Dunedin’s royals – the awesome albatross”.
Department of Conservation has recently introduced "The Royalcam". It has been a great tool for engaging people with conservation. They’ve had millions of views from nearly 200 countries around the world.
Fans have been avidly watching the Royalcam couple YRK and OGK waiting for the new celebrity chick to hatch, which is expected around February 1st. Watchers have also been entertained by ‘teenage’ albatross courting, partying and looking for love.
Interested to see the Northern Royal Albatross? Check them out at The Royal Albatross Centre!
Fast Facts about Northern Royal Albatross
- They are one of the world’s largest seabirds, with a wingspan of up to three metres, and one of the longest living birds in the world, regularly living into their 40s, with an average lifespan of 25.
- Albatross top speed is around 110kph
- Northern Royal Albatross Body Length 1.2metres approx, Weight 6-8 kilograms
Image credit: Royal Albatross Centre