Activity pattern of foraging in the wandering albatross: a marine predator with twomodes of prey searching

Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) Science Article 15

abstract

The foraging activity of wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans was studied with simultaneous use of satellite transmitters, activity recorders and loggers measuring the timing of feeding. On average birds spent 60% of their foraging time in flight, mostly during the day, and 40% on the water, mainly at night. Birds landed on the water on average 27 times per day. During the day prey were located in flight and caught just after landing. At night prey were caught using a ‘sit-and-wait’ technique.

Henri Weirnerskirchl et al., Mar Ecol Prog Ser, Vol. 151: 245-251

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