Friday, March 11, 2011

SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS photographed in BC waters


A good sighting anywhere in North American waters, this juvenile was photographed 20km off Vancouver Island near Ucluelet, BC (March 8). The large pink bill distinguishes it from the more common Black-footed Albatross. As they get older, STs will gradually molt into their distinct white and black plumage. Apparently several BF Alberts were out there as well-- also a decent species for early March in BC.
[Report and photo provided by Barie Hotchkiss]

4 comments:

  1. outstanding! Bet it was cold out there.

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  2. What a great sighting, these are indeed incredible birds, and one of the rarest in the world! I was fortunate to see one on a Westport Pelagic trip last summer, and would love to see one again. Anyone up for a wild albatross chase?

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  3. you get a boat and an insane skipper and I'm there!

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  4. Haha. If it's a weekend, I'm in too!

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