Antipodean Albatross is the party leader species representing all of the amazing albatross species in Aotearoa. They spend most of their lives at sea, only coming on land to raise young every two years. They don’t start breeding until they are seven to perhaps 20 years old and have an elaborate courtship. This lasts several years and initially involves a characteristic singing and dancing display. They form enduring pairs that mostly last until one of them dies. These albatrosses are named Antipodean after Antipodes Island in New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. This island has also been called Moutere Mahue – translated from Maori, it means “abandoned” as it’s so isolated from the mainland.
After a beak-chatteringly close election result last year, Team Toroa is in it for the long haul, determined to go the distance and get the coveted Bird of the Year title. Campaign manager Dan Brady has teamed up with conservation charities Live Ocean and Southern Seabirds Solutions to promote awareness of one of our most critically endangered manu puiaki.
While Dan is relatively new to the world of conservation, he is passionate and ready to talk the feathers off anyone interested. Ignore the kea on Dan's back in the photo. He backs toroa all the way! #VoteToroa