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Chatham Albatross

Thalassarche eremita

Description:

A medium sized albatross showing uniformly dark grey head and neck with a bright yellow bill with a prominent black spot on the end of the lower mandible.

Habitat:

The whole world population breeds on one small rock called 'The Pyramid' in the Chatham Islands (last image). after breeding these birds disperse into South American waters for the winter although odd records of them in Australian and recently South African waters exist.

Notes:

This species has been split from the White-capped and Salvins Albatross.

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36 Comments (1–25)

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Thank you Mark. I will post some other species in due course.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 4 years ago

Congrats Bob, well deserved

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

I have started a Mission on tube-nosed seabirds (albatross, petrels etc.) if anyone would care to check it out and if you spot one of these wonderful birds i would love to hear from you.
Robert

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Thank you to every one who has commented and favorited both here and through the PN page on Facebook.

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Congrats awesome images and info

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Me Too!

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Congrats Robert, well deserved! You are among the awesome images of such wonderful creatures with this guy, makes sense for you to get sotw :) Albatross are such neat animals, I hope to get to see some myself one day!

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 4 years ago

Fabulous series, triggsturner, congrats on the well-deserved honor and thanks for sharing!

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Congrats! Thanks for the Sharing such a beautiful bird!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

Congratulations, Rob. Well deserved indeed.

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Wow, I feel very honoured. There are such awesome images of such wonderful organisms on this site appearing all the time and to get SOTW has totally made my week. Thank you all for your comments. Robert.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Robert!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 4 years ago

So majestic!

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Congrats!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Congrats on the SOTW Rob. Still boggling over that rock. Such a tiny ledge supporting a whole species. A few fat seals would take out that real estate in a blink.

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 4 years ago

Wow!!!! Congrats Rob! What an honor. Well deserved!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

So THAT's what the Pyramid is!!! Had been wondering :) . Thank you for sharing...marvelling at how fragile the entire system is...just this one place that they breed on...

Yasser
Yasser 4 years ago

Congratulations Rob! This sensational series has been selected as our Spotting of the Week! We're very lucky to have you share your experience and extra lucky to get that Pyramid snap as well. I can only imagine the experience. Congrats again and we look forward to your next series!

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triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Thank you Leuba for your great comment. I am glad you liked them.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Ha! It looks so much like a pyramid it's funny. Thanks. :-)

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Sorted! Thanks for imput Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Sure if you have a shot of The Pyramid that would be a superb addition. Looking forward to it.

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Hi Joshua, camera rig fairly basic. a Cannon 60D with a 100-400mm zoom. However yes, they were floating on the wind just astern of the boat and at full zoom could only fit the head into the frame. NZ has the best pelagic birding on the planet in my unbiased view :)

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 4 years ago

Your welcome. New Zealand would be an ultimate place to bird. I really like your photos, you either have the best camera rig on earth or the albatross was floating in midair (or both?)!

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Thank you Joshua. Yes, a very special bird.
Robert

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

New Zealand

Lat: -44.19, Long: -176.52

Spotted on Nov 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 10, 2015

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