ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

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ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:41 pm

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Another challenge via Brent's lens.
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby simon.fordham » Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:09 pm

Buller's Albatross
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby tim » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:30 pm

Going to go with Salvin's Albatross, possible photo Brent took down in Kaikoura
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby ledzep » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:09 pm

Salvin's Albatross/Mollymawk.
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby Michael Turner » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:14 am

Mollymawk with grey head and neck, yellow tip and top of beak; appears to have white cap just peaking over the top of the wing. I'd go with Buller's.
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby Peter Frost » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:42 am

Greetings from Malawi, courtesy of a R-E-A-L-L-Y S-L-O-W Internet connection (I'm worried the competition will close before this message gets posted):

Salvin's Mollymawk
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby Shane McPherson » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:32 pm

tricky tricky,
bullers or salvins? I choose...

salvins albatross
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby David J.K. » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:05 am

Bullers Mollymawk
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby Byrd » Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:44 pm

well its an albatross, and obviously a Thalassarche rather than Diomedea. It has a thin black edge to the underwings which rules out the black-broweds and grey-headed. The head is pale grey with a white crown which I guess means either Salvin's or southern Buller's. I think Salvin's has less white on the underwing than the southern Buller's (?), and although the bill is mostly hidden it does look more like that of a Salvin's, so....

answer: Salvin's mollymawk (Thalassarche salvini)
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Re: ID Challenge #5 - closes 14 November 2010

Postby TonyWilson » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:57 pm

Salvin's albatross.
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