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Northern Royal Albatross

Northern Royal Albatross
Photographed byIan Wilson on Sun 23rd Sep, 2018 and uploaded on Thu 4th Oct, 2018 .
Resolution1400x969
Viewed45
ID32114
CommentThe black line on the cutting edge of the upper mandible indicates this is a Royal Albatross species rather than a Wandering type. The upper wing is uniformly black (not all visible in this image) indicating this is a Northern Royal Albatross. This is confirmed by the black leading edge of the wings and the relatively wide (c/f Southern Royal) black under-wing plumage extending from the carpal joint to the black wing-tip. In addition there are a few dark flecks on the crown (all white in Southern Royal). There are also some dark flecks on the tail. All these ID points indicate this is a Northern Royal in transition from immature to adult stage. Uncommon/rare off southern mainland Australia according to ABG.
EquipmentCanon 1DxII + 400 mm f/4 DO II + 1.4x III extender, hand-held.
Manual, spot metering, AI Servo with 8-pt zone AF, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec, ISO 400.
Processed using DPP4 and PSE14 with Neat Image plug-in.
LocationContinental Shelf break off Port Fairy (Victoria)
Keywordsimmature, in flight, adult
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