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albatros (aussi: albatros à pieds noirs et albatros de Laysan))
Laysan Albatross, Diomedea immutabilis
Popularly called the Gooney bird, pairs mate for life and can build elaborate mound-like nests to which they return each year. The typical bird stands about 18" tall, weighs about 5½ pounds and has about a 7 foot wing span.
Courtship means dancing
The bird on the left is emitting a cowlike moo while the one on the right clacks its beak rapidly. These activities plus a few others and much bobbing up and down and strutting around go on for several weeks prior to mating.
A Laysan Albatross chick, approximately one month old, is covered with big downy feathers. The birds get really silly looking when the down begins to fall off as the mature.
Black-footed Albatross, Diomedia nigripes
Black Gooney with egg. Preferring to nest in less traveled areas, this species is aggressive towards interlopers. If you walk too close to a nest, its owner may growl at you then bite your pants leg and throw up on your foot.
Awkward on land, the Gooney is truly graceful in flight. They glide on the wind effortlessly and can fly great distances. Transported to Whidby Island, Washington, a bird made the 3200 mile return trip in 10 days.