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Shy Albatross

Shy Albatross (Image ID 41510)
Photographed byMark Lethlean on Wed 5th Apr, 2017 and uploaded on Wed 29th Jul, 2020 .
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ID41510
CommentThis close encounter with a Shy Albatross in my own backyard was a truly special experience.
Obviously accustomed to tit bits from fisherman he spent 60 minutes in our company without any encouragement from us. I love the detail seen in this image- from the intricate orange border of the bill-base, to the rectangular grey wash below a black-brow contrasting with the white cap. But perhaps it is the single drop of water from the tip of the long complex bill that is my favourite aspect of this image. Like all tube-nosed seabirds which drink saltwater, they have a salt gland at the base of the bill which excretes a concentrated salt solution that then drips from the bill as seen.
EquipmentNikon D800, Sigma 150-500mm
f/10 1/1600 iso-640 500mm
LocationWestern Port Bay, Victoria
Keywordsadult
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