3 Sep 2013

Bells to ring to mark first albatross of season

5:01 pm on 3 September 2013

The first albatross of the new breeding season has arrived at Otago Peninsula.

The annual event is traditionally marked in Dunedin by churches around the city ringing bells.

Last year 36 breeding pairs of northern royal albatross, or toroa, returned, with 26 chicks successfully fledging.

Taiaroa Head, at the tip of Otago Peninsula, is the only mainland breeding site in the world for the northern royal albatross.

Royal Albatross Centre operations manager Hoani Langsbury says the first bird returned from sea on Tuesday afternoon and bells would ring around the city in celebration.