Flocking together in the Antarctic  

Flocking together in the Antarctic

These birds are a few days late for Valentine"s Day, but they look like they"re in the mood for love. Wandering albatrosses (also known as snowy albatrosses, white-winged albatrosses, or goonies) live mostly on the open ocean but come on land for mating season. A salt gland located above their nasal passages allows them to desalinate and survive drinking only salt water as they feed on small marine animals. They can float on the sea surface and glide for hours.

© David Tipling Photo Library/Alamy

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