courtship of the galapagos albatross

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the galapagos albatross (phoebastria irrorata), as the name suggests, is a species endemic to an island in the galapagos archipelago. partners stick together for their entire life, which can be up to 45 years.
when they first meet, and every year they reunite, they go through a cute little courtship ritual.
in order to describe it, i’d like to borrow a snippet from english wikipedia:

The courtship of the Waved Albatross is a very elusive and spectacular sight to see, it includes: rapid bill circling and bowing, beak clacking, and an upraised bill to make a whoo hoo sound.

 

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