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Reproductive Constraints/ Heat Stress

Northern Royal Albatross are slow to reproduce. They lay just one egg every other year and the survival of that egg is put at risk by increasing global temperatures. At Taiaroa Head in New Zealand, where nesting albatross are carefully monitored, both egg and chick mortality due to heat stress has been steadily increasing.

Jay Jermyn Johnson   South Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

Title:   Royal Albatross Approaching Land

Species:   Northern Royal Albatross  (Diomedea epomophora)
Date:   2006
Medium:   oil on linen mounted on hardboard
Dimensions:   114 cm X 132 cm (45” X 52”)

See also:
    Johnson page in Artists For Conservation