Albatross sp?

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Albatross sp?

Postby bombaydave2 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:38 pm

A friend asked me to I'd this bird. Help required.
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Re: Albatross sp?

Postby FraserGurney » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:00 am

Bullers Albatross :)
Ian Southey
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Re: Albatross sp?

Postby Ian Southey » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:05 am


This is a Buller's Mollymawk. Mollymawk because of the dark back (which you can't see well), the coloured bill and the patterned head. Buller's because of the broad yellow stripe on top of the bill that is very wide at the base and also the contrasty white cap.

I'd also take a punt and guess Southern Buller's because it appears to have a relatively broad stripe on the lower mandible and the forehead is white right to the base of the bill but a little over-exposure of the picture might affect both of these features.

By the look of the green water this bird was well inshore and if it was local you have a lucky friend.

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Re: Albatross sp?

Postby Paul Sagar » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:20 am

I agree with Ian, this does look like an adult southern Buller's. Most of these should be on their way across the Pacific, if not already in South American waters off the coast of Chile. Any idea where the photo was taken?
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Re: Albatross sp?

Postby bombaydave2 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:15 pm

Thanks for help. Bird was seen off last of Dunedin in July this year. Apparently there were 6 and this one came up to boat

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