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Albatross off southern Australia (1 Viewer)

HelenB

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A few years ago we did a "Round Australia" cruise. I never did ID all the seabirds. This albatross photo was taken while sailing between Adelaide and Melbourne in November of 2009.

TIA for the help.

Helen
 

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MTem

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Sub-adult Black-browed would be my view. Black tip to pale-yellow bill, fully white head (but no sign of a collar ... hmmm). Underwing shot would help.
 

HelenB

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Sorry no decent underwing shot. Here are 3 more photos - 1st one is the same bird, the second 2 are of another bird taken about 3 minutes later. Could the second be an adult Black-browed or perhaps a Shy Albatross? We were on a "Round Australia" cruise, so taking photos from quite a height above the ocean.

Thanks for the help.
 

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MTem

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Still good for sub adult BBA for 1

The other bird looks like an adult NZ white-capped. It's a ssp of Shy albatross, steadi
Underwing is good for Shy.

Mick
 

HelenB

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Thanks Mick and Henry! I shall be posting a few more in the next few weeks - trying to get my life list up to date!!
 

RobHynson

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First bird looks fine for an immature Black-browed Albatross and the second a Shy Albatross.

The second bird looks like a better fit for a Tasmanian Shy (cauta) as there is quite a lot of yellow at the base of the bill.

Cheers,

Rob
 
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