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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Black-browed Albatross

Hebrides bird sightings -  Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

Diomedea melanophris

Photography © Martin Scott
Sula Sgeir - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
May 2007


"The journey to Sula Sgier last Tuesday/Wednesday was an eventful one. The rolling and pitching of the ship had my head swimming long after being back on land. 8 hours there through a night of little sleep as the ship rode wave after wave.
Can you imagine enduring all that to get to the rock and realise in the growing light that the bird wasn't sat on it's ledge? the disappointment on board the ship was tangible - you could feel it. Faces were longer than horses.
Then ... hats off to Martin Scott who caught sight of the Albatross on the sea some distance away - what a change in atmosphere. Full steam ahead to the bird - wonderful views both in flight and sat on the sea - more than we ever expected. Back to Ullapool via North Rona with plenty of smiles.

Some good birds backing up the star cast LT Skuas, Bonxies and Arctics with supporting cast of White-beaked Dolphins"

Carl C




There are 18 UK black-browed albatross records 1958 - 2004 (BTO)

BTO county records 1975 to 2004:
Outer Hebrides 2002
Lothan 2002
East Yorkshire 2002
Kent 2001
Shetland 1997
Pembrokeshire 1990
Scilly Isles 1988
Sussex 1984
Devon 1980
Orkney 1975
North Yorkshire 1968



Black-browed Albatross records in the Western Isles

Vagrant/ rare visitor.
























(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)


A Black-browed Albatross was recorded off Mingulay in 1979, at sea near Rockall in 1980 and there were reports from Sula Sgeir 2005 - 2007 in the months of May, June, July and September.



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