Friday, 4 December 2015

Oldest tracked bird at 64!

What a great story: Laysan albatross 'Wisdom' has recently returned to her breeding grounds at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (pronounciation assistance here!) with a new mate and at 64 she is the oldest tracked bird in the world! 

For an update, see here - Wisdom with her new chick!

Laysan albatross fws by John Klavitter/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Wisdom (with a previous chick in pic above) was first banded in 1956 and because Laysan albatross do not return to breed until they are at least five years old,  it is estimated Wisdom is at least 64 years old, but she could be older. See some more great photos of her with her previous new laid egg and a vid of here actually laying it!