Only a few species of Albatross have been recorded, and by even fewer marine birdwatchers, in the warm waters of the tropical Indian Ocean off Tanzania. Yet many of these wonderful creatures are almost certainly present during the South East Monsoon season that coincides with the late austral winter between July and October.
For how much longer?
One hundred thousand albatrosses die every year on longline fishing hooks in the southern oceans - that's about one every five minutes!
You don't need a good imagination, or to be good at maths to realise that your children are unlikely ever to see one alive. Who can recount the last days of the once abundant Passenger Pigeon, or of that Indian Ocean island isolate the Dodo, two hundred years ago? In a hundred years will there be anyone around who knows of the fate of the albatross or of the Black Rhino, the African Hunting Dog and the ... ?
Visit the Birdlife International website to see what's happening in the southern oceans and, even more important, what you might do to help turn the tide.
what is birdman seeing?
West Usambara Bukoba Lark Plains Tarangire National Park Pemba Mkomazi Tanzania Kenya Maasailand Oldonyo Sambu Expanding Eremic Zone Klein's Camp Rift Valley Angyata Osugat Arusha Arusha airport Lake Natron Afro-Palearctic Lake Naivasha Mesali Island Minziro Northern Tanzania Lake Burungi Mount Meru UK EU:25 Arusha National Park Maweni Pemba Island Isles of Scilly Lake Manyara
Western Reef Egret Short-toed Eagle Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Streaky Seed-eater White-tailed Ant-trush Globe Skimmer Turkestan Shrike Tiger Monarchs White-throated Bee-eater Brown-backed Honeybird Isabelline Wheatear Fox Kestrel Ashy Cisticola Black Cuckoo-shrike Motacilla f. lutea Scuacco Heron Barn Swallow Tree Pipit Beesley's (Maasai) Lark Bar-tailed Trogon Lammergeyer Lammergeier Upchars-Warbler Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Red-tailed Bristlebill Cattle Egret Brown-chested Alethe Yellow-billed Stork Everybody Lantana camara Amethyst Sunbird Malagasy Pond-heron Typhoon Dragonfly European migrants Patas Monkey Ruppels Robin Chat Beesley's Lark Charaxes Golden-breasted Starling Booted Eagle African Ring-necked Dove Belenois spp. Lesser Kestrel Painted Lady Black Swift Cabanis’s Bunting Eristalinus taeniops Ayres Hawk-Eagle White-spotted Flufftail Sharpe's Starling Red-headed Weaver White Helmet Shrike Steppe Eagle Black Stork Red-headed Bluebill Wandering Glider Brown-veined White Abbott's Starling Rufous-crowned Roller White-browed Coucal Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters Chestnut Sparrow Purple Grenadier Chestnut Weaver Capped Wheatear Laughing (Palm) Dove Usambara Akalat Icterine Warbler Usambara Weaver Pink-breasted Lark Montagu's Harrier Danaid Egg-Fly Foxy Lark Humpback Whale Little Greenbul Vagrants White-throated Bee-eaters Maasai Lark Brown-crowned Tchagra Gerenuk migrants and residents Upcher's Warbler Lanner Falcon Black-tailed Godwit Hartlaub's Turaco Olive-tree Warbler Red-winged Starling Corncrake Grey-headed Sparrow Gyps Vultures Marsh Warbler Lilac-breasted Roller Spotted Flycatcher African Golden Oriole Friedmann's Lark European Roller Spotted Morning Thrush Sylvia atricapilla Broad-tailed Warbler Bulo Burti Boubou Variable Sunbird Fischer's Starling Burchell's Zebra Ashy Starling River Warbler Kenrick's Starling Usambara Eagle Owl Hirundo rustica Maccoa Duck Helmeted Guineafowl African Cuckoo-Hawk Wheatear Eastern Chanting Goshawk Ayres's Hawk-Eagle Thrush Nightingale Rufous-naped Lark Coracias garrulus Eurasian Nightjar Willow Warbler Speckle-fronted Weaver Fire-crested Alethe Superb Starling Madagascar Squacco Heron Bronze Sunbird Violet-backed Starling African Mourning Dove Ageratum conyzoides Pallid Harrier Hildebrandt's Starling Malaconotidae Fischer's Sparrow Lark Albatross Von der Decken's Hornbill Ovenbird Greater Painted Snipe Basra Reed Warbler Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Sooty Falcon Male Banded Groundling Northern Wheatear Dwarf Mongoose Mocking Cliff-Chat Blue-capped Cordon-bleu Athi Short-toed Lark Fork-tailed Drongo Barn Swallows Vultures Singing Sisticola Short-tailed Lark Abbot's Starling
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