“An epic saga of unrequited love may be entering its 40th year at one of the remotest locations in Britain. The lone suitor is a male black-browed albatross that hopes to find a mate on Sula Sgeir, a few hundred yards of rock isolated in the Atlantic 40 miles north-north-east of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
His problem is that he’s at the wrong end of the world – the southern oceans are the only place where females can be found with certainty. His species’ nearest colonies are 8,000 miles away on the Falkland Islands.
Adding extra poignancy to his plight is that, after straying beyond the Equator and apparently becoming stranded in the Northern Hemisphere, he’s been wandering in search of a partner since the 1960s.”
Maybe “Albert” will find his way back home to the world of the Black-browed Albatross and find love – or at the very least find happiness with a confused or liberated gannet.