Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Friday, March 27, 2009

Albatross Teachings

Courtship video of the Albatross parents in the Galapagos which are teaching their youngster how to properly greet their future mate. These are the birds breeding on Espanola, where 12.000 pairs will go through this ritual before starting to breed. On Isla la Plata (or Poor Man's Galapagos) another 50 pairs will 'click beaks.'
This tiny island is situated in front of Ecuador's coast, (Puerto Lopez)

The video is pasted at the bottom of this blog. It is too wide for the main body of this blog when pasted into a post. Perhaps that way, more attention can be given to the plight of the Albatross too?

Anyone who wants to get to know more about these and other Albatross species, and to try and understand more about these intriguing birds soaring above the ocean, or if you want to help support the Save the Albatross appeal, please visit the BirdLife International website to see how you can support these wonderful birds.


  1. The video is really interesting. It's amazing what we don't know about birds. Well me anyway, I didn't know they did that, lol.

  2. Know what you mean, OC. I've always been asking myself, is it instinct, or taught, and was so pleased to find the answer.

    In Utrecht I had a stray orphan kitten and it took 6 months to utter its very first sound.
    I had to teach him everything about life, including how to groom.and clean itself after using the cat litter. And a host of other things. It was a discovery of what was instinct and what was being taught by mum.


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