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Fig. 1 | Movement Ecology

Fig. 1

From: Flight speed and performance of the wandering albatross with respect to wind

Fig. 1

Schematic diagram showing an albatross flying in an across-wind direction using an S-shaped dynamic soaring maneuver (redrawn from [13]). The bird is shown soaring through a vertical profile of mean wind velocity. The bird extracts energy from the wind by climbing headed upwind and descending headed downwind. Significant waves are typically observed in the Southern Ocean. Wind-wave interactions cause a more complicated instantaneous wind field than that plotted here. Albatrosses appear to efficiently exploit the instantaneous in-situ winds and waves in dynamic soaring

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