The Snares: Seabird Citadel

The remote, yet teeming, subantarctic Snares Islands, some 200 kilometres south of Bluff, are home to millions of petrels, shearwaters and albatrosses.

See more images in our photo gallery 'Water & Atmosphere 2, February 2011 - Seabird citadel'

A trio of Buller's albatrosses congregate at their breeding ground on the Snares. NIWA scientists are monitoring declining populations of this endemic species, examining their feeding patterns, and interactions with fisheries. [NIWA]