Albatross caught on camera face-planting the ground during landing

Albatross caught on camera face-planting the ground during landing

On a wing and a prayer! Royal albatross soars to online fame with video of it face-planting the ground in a VERY awkward landing

  • Bird captured on livestream video at New Zealand’s Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve
  • Hits the earth face-first, sending its legs flailing, as a small chick watches on
  • Amusing moment was shared on Twitter where it’s had more than a million views

A Royal albatross has soared to fame after it was caught on camera ‘face-planting’ the ground during an awkward landing.

The mighty bird was captured on a livestream video at the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island. 

As it came in to land, the albatross spectacularly hit the earth face-first, sending its legs flailing, before it managed to right itself as a chick watched on. 

The amusing clip has been watched over a million times since being posted on Twitter on Saturday by the Royal Albatross Cam, with the caption: ‘Flying for the albatross is mainly effortless, landing can be a little bit harder… chick had a front row seat to a “how not to land” lesson.’


A Royal albatross has soared to fame after it was caught on camera ‘faceplanting’ the ground during an awkward landing

It added: ‘Lucky for the somersaulting alby, recovery was quick and only the chick was watching!!’

Several social media users commented on their similar experiences while skiing, while others speculated on what the onlooking birds might have been thinking.  

One tweeted: ‘Me, coming home from the pub at 2 am in the morning.’ 

Another wrote: ‘Me, downhill snow skiing at the bottom of the hill.’ 

The mighty bird was captured on a livestream video at the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island. As it came in to land, the albatross spectacularly hit the earth face-first, sending its legs flailing, before it managed to right itself as a chick watched on

Several social media users commented on their similar experiences while skiing, while others speculated on what the onlooking birds might have been thinking

And one joked: ‘My, that was embarrassing… wonder what the chicklet thought of that!’ 

Others remarked that the amusing moment reminded them of the albatross character Orville – named after Orville Wright of the Wright brothers, the inventors of the airplane – in the Disney animated flick The Rescuers.

‘It looks straight out of a movie! There’s some The Rescuers vibes in there,’ one tweeted, while another wrote: ‘So. Disney’s The Rescuers albatross wasn’t that far off?’ 

Others remarked that the amusing moment reminded them of the albatross character Orville in the Disney animated flick The Rescuers

Set up in 2016, the Royal Cam, as it is known for short, is a 24-hour livestream of the albatross nest during breeding season.

It was set up by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Royal albatrosses are among the largest seabirds in the world and regularly live into their forties, according to the DOC website. They are considered ‘at risk’ by the organisation.  

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