This Campbell (black-browed) albatross is sitting in its nest. Once an albatross chick is old enough to be left alone, it must wait for several days between meals while its parents travel considerable distances in search of prey. For this reason the chick needs a large stomach to hold the oily fish or squid meal delivered to it. At this stage in their growth the chicks resemble hot-water bottles covered in down. Eventually the down is replaced with feathers and the wings develop and elongate. Then the fledgling will fly in search of its own food.
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Photograph by Christina Troup
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