The nesting habitat of the royal albatross on Campbell Island
The southern royal albatross (Diomedea, epomophora epomophora Lesson) has two habitats in which it spends its entire life: the southern seas and Campbell Island. During its first 8 or 9 years of life, 'and during the every other year when it does not breed, and when it is not on the nest incubating or tending the young, the albatross is gliding over the South Pacific, in search of food, or resting at sea.
Every other year the albatrosses come ashore to breed on the rain- and windswept ridges of Campbell Island. Many birds are exacting in their requirements for their nesting habitat, 'the actual nest site, nest material, display ground, loafing spots and various other needs, and so too, do the albatrosses have their not many but specific requirements.