Campbell Island: Southern Royal Albatrosses

Southern Royal Albatross is one of the two largest species of birds by wingspan in the world (together with wandering albatross). Their average wingspan is 3m/10ft. They spend most of the time at sea except for nesting and breeding sites on very remote and isolate islands like Campbell. Here, you can hike up to the hilltop for a closeup view of these amazing birds. The birds around Campbell are actually heavier and larger than average for the Southern Royal albatrosses. When you see the first one in flight – it’s breathtaking! When you see one up close in the tussock grass – it’s beyond incredible! The albatrosses use the island to nest, but fly out to feed on squid and fish within the radius of 1200km. On the island they court and mate and lay one egg every two years.