The wingspan of the wandering albatross - which can reach up to 3.7m - is the largest of any living bird, allowing it to ride ocean winds and remain in the air for several hours at a time, without even a flap of its wings.
In January of 2015, the once-a-decade South Georgia wandering albatross survey took place on South Georgia. Photographer Chris Fallows travelled to the subantarctic island with a dedicated team of researchers, led by Sally Poncet from the Antarctic Research Trust, to document this extraordinary species in its natural habitat. Sally's team discovered that there had been a roughly 12% decline in nest numbers since the last full survey in 2004, a lot less than the expected 10% per annum.
'By the time the next survey is conducted,' says Chris, 'I hope there will be more Wanderers rising from the islands to meet the wind.'
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