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Banded Albatross 050
Male Gibson's wandering albatross first sighted in Kaikoura in July 2007. Most recent sighting May 2010. Red 050 was first banded in 1997.Tragically his partner crash landed and died in 2008. 050 waited all next summer for his lost mate, so did not breed that year. He is unlikely to get a new partner as there are higher female mortality than male over the last few years and there is now a sex imbalance. New young female albatrosses just reaching breeding age are unlikely to pick 050 as a mate.