Extreme Birdwatchers Are Counting Albatross From Spaaace

An endangered Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi), east of the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
(Credit: JJ Harrison / CC BY-SA 3.0.)

Satellite remote-sensing of great albatrosses is timely and accurate

A vulnerable Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) in flight, East of the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia. (Credit: JJ Harrison / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Figure 1b. The location of The Sisters and Forty-Fours in the Chatham Islands. Red depicts the areas covered by the WorldView-3 satellite images; these images are in Β© and (d). Cloud-free satellite imagery covered the full extent of the study area. (Credit: Peter Fretwell et al., doi:10.1111/ibi.12482.)
β€œMy binoculars are bigger than your binoculars!”
DigitalGlobe’s super-sharp WorldView-3 Earth imager. (Credit: Ball Aerospace.)
Figure 1a. The location of Bird Island, South Georgia. The pink area depicts the area covered by the WorldView-3 satellite image taken on 10 January 2016. (Credit: Peter Fretwell et al., doi:10.1111/ibi.12482.)
Figure 2. (a) Part of the WorldView-3 satellite image of Bird Island showing the distribution of white dots. (b) Photograph of Bird Island for comparison (photo credit: R.A. Phillips). Β© Close-up of a representative white dot in (a), indicating pixel composition. (Credit: Peter Fretwell et al., doi:10.1111/ibi.12482.)

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