THE REHEARSAL

RUNNER-UP, ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

SOUTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS

DIOMEDEA EPOMOPHORA

A southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), with its wings unfurled, practises ‘sky calling’, while two others clap bills. This behaviour is part of a complex courtship rehearsal performed by groups of up to a dozen young pre-breeding birds who advertise for partners using a complex repertoire of signals known as gaming.

Campbell Island, New Zealand

Nikon D750, Nikon 24–70mm f/2.8, 1/3200, f/8, ISO 500, handheld

by Jason Hosking