Tambor Bay Birder Helps Record First Albatross for Costa Rica
The Tambor Birders are happy to announce an exciting discovery just off the coast of Tambor Bay! On January 9, a fisherman named Keiner Berrocal Chacón encountered a large bird species in the Gulf of Nicoya about 15 miles from Cabo Blanco. Keiner managed to get some pictures and showed them to Jorge Zuñiga, member of the Tambor Bay Birders. With the help of the group the bird was identified as a Waved Albatross, a species previously recorded only as close as the Cocos island, but without any photographic evidence. Jorge immediately contacted the Scientific Committee AOCR. The sighting was then officially confirmed as the first Waved Albatross for mainland Costa Rica! Congratulations to Keiner Berrocal Chacón and Jorge Zuñiga on this great accomplishment!
The Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata), also known as Galapagos Albatross, is the only albatross species located in the tropics and is considered critically endangered. It breeds primarily on Española Island in the Galápagos archipelago. During non-breeding season they will shift to the east and southeast to the continental shelf region off the coast of Peru and Ecuador. The primary food sources of the Waved Albatross are fish, squid, and crustaceans and they can forage up to 100 km away from the place where the chicks are nesting to get food for them. Their wingspan reaches over 7 feet wide!