Photo of the week: Northern royal albatross and chick #RoyalCam

Department of Conservation —  27/01/2016

Today’s photo of the week is of a northern royal albatross dad and it’s 5-day-old chick at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head near Dunedin.

Royal Cam albatross and chick.

Stars of the #RoyalCam: Northern royal albatross dad and chick.

The pair are stars of the Department of Conservation’s #RoyalCam live stream launched yesterday. You can tune in and watch the live video of the albatross family below.

The parents take turns at guarding and feeding the chick for the first five or six weeks. Chicks are then left unguarded, except for feeding visits, until they fledge at about eight months old.

More information about the #RoyalCam, and the northern royal albatross can be found on the DOC website.

4 responses to Photo of the week: Northern royal albatross and chick #RoyalCam


    Love the live cam. Have seen two changeovers. Is there a specific time the chick is weighed? Haven’t caught that yet.


    Such a beautiful and majestic bird

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