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This #earthday, we’re thrilled to have photographers @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier of @sealegacy take over our page. In honor of this year’s theme, “Protect Our Species,” they’re sharing pictures of animals they saw on a trip with us to Steeple Jason Island. (2/2)
From Cristina: With over 300,000 nesting black-browed albatross, Steeple Jason, one of the more remote islands in the Falkland Islands, is a very busy place. Every spring, the birds return to their nesting grounds and to the same nest they have used before. The nests, made of mud, grass, feathers, and anything else the birds can find, are very sturdy and are designed to avoid flooding during storm surges. The most amazing thing about the colony, however, is how evenly spaced the nests are. It seems as if each nest is just far apart enough to prevent the birds from intruding on each other’s business. Until 2013, this species was listed as endangered and most of the breeding sites, like this one, are reserves.
Photo: @cristinamittermeier on assignment for @natgeo, in partnership with @sealegacy and @thewcs. For more beautiful images, compelling stories and exciting announcements for #earthday2019 check @sealegacy and @cristinamittermeier#earthday#birdsofinstagram#wildlifephotography#protectourspecies#awesinspiring