Albatross is the flavour as faceplanting bird video goes viral

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Albatross is the flavour as faceplanting bird video goes viral

And, no, Monty Python had nothing to do with this one. It was caught by New Zealand’s Royal Albatross Cam

Pola Grzanka and Stefica Nicol Bikes

A livestream camera at a New Zealand nature reserve has caught a royal albatross making an awkward landing, with the video of the faceplanting now propelling the bird to fame.

The video, shot at the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve in Dunedin on the country’s South Island, shows an albatross landing on its face, legs flailing, before it manages to right itself as a chick watches on.

It has been watched more than 660,000 times since being posted on Saturday, with several people on Twitter commenting on their similar experiences while skiing or speculating what the albatrosses might have been thinking. “Flying for the albatross is mainly effortless, landing can be a little bit harder,” is the wry commentary on the Twitter post accompanying the video by the Royal Albatross Cam...

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