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Albatross - Wisdom

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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, folds her wings after returning from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at her nest since the March 10 tsunami. First banded in 1956, Wisdom has probably flown more than 3 million miles. She is the oldest wild bird known through 90 years of banding records.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, strides around the area where her nest is located after having returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami. Initially banded in 1956, Wisdom has probably flown more than 3 million miles. She is the oldest wild bird known through 90 years of banding records.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old strolls past her chick. The nest is marked by an orange tent peg. Wisdom is identified by a standard US Fish & Wildlife Service metal band on her left ankle and a coded red band on her right ankle. First banded in 1956, Wisdom has probably flown more than 3 million miles. She is the oldest wild bird known through 90 years of banding records. She has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, gives a "woo-woo" call after returning from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, prepares to feed her chick. Wisdom has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, grooms her chick. Wisdom has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, grooms her chick. The nest is marked by an orange tent peg at the left edge of the photo. Wisdom has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, feeds her chick after returning from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami. The chick taps on its mother's beak, stimulating Wisdom to regurgitate a broth of partially-digested fish and squid. Widsom's mate shares the feeding duties.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, feeds her chick after returning from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami. The chick taps on its mother's beak, stimulating Wisdom to regurgitate a broth of partially-digested fish and squid. The nest site is marked with an orange peg, and Wisdom wears numbered bands on both legs.
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, feeds her chick after returning from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami. The chick taps on its mother's beak, stimulating Wisdom to regurgitate a broth of partially-digested fish and squid. Widsom's mate shares the feeding duties.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, grooms her chick. Wisdom has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Wisdom, a banded Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, naps after feeding her chick. She has just returned from fishing at sea on the evening of March 20, 2011. This is the first time she has been photographed at the nest since the March 10 tsunami. First banded in 1956, Wisdom has probably flown more than 3 million miles. She is the oldest wild bird known through 90 years of banding records.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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The male mate of Wisdom, the banded female Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, leaving their nest area after feeding their chick on March 20, 2011. Both adults share duties of catching fish at sea.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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Male mate (lower left) of Wisdom, the banded female Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old. The male is at their nest site with their chick, who iss stretching its wing, on March 20, 2011.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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The male mate (right of chick) of Wisdom, the banded female Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, at their nest site with their chick on March 20, 2011.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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The male mate (right of chick) of Wisdom, the banded femlae Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, feeding their chick regurgitated fish on March 20, 2011.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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The male mate (lower left) of Wisdom, the banded female Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old. The male is resting at the nest site after feeding their chick on March 20, 2011.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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The male mate of Wisdom, a banded female Laysan albatross thought to be at least 60 years old, takes a running start to leave their nest area after feeding their chick on March 20, 2011. He will fish at sea. The albatross colonies on Midway Atoll were impacted by the March 10 tsunami, but many adult albatrosses and chicks survived.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
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