Light-mantled Albatross
Phoebetria palpebrata
The Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) , sometimes called Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, nests along the cliff faces on the island of South Georgia in the south Atlantic Ocean as well as many other sub-antarctic islands. This species, which I regard as the most beautiful of the albatrosses, has a haunting call that echoes through the entire area near these nesting sites. The adult and chick shown here were photographed at Gold Harbor, South Georgia, in January 1996 with a Canon T-90 & FD 400mm F4.5 lens on Fuji Sensia 100 film.
This is another adult on a nest at Gold Harbor, South Georgia, in January, 1996.
In January, 1998, I was back at Gold Harbor and got a few shots of another adult Light-mantled Albatross on the nest. It was photographed with the same equipment as above.
The next four shots were taken at Gold Harbor, South Georgia, in December, 2003, with a Canon 10D and EF 70-200 F/2.8 L IS lens.