Wandering Albatross
Diomedea exulans
The Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) nests in small colonies on the island of South Georgia. The pair at right was exchanging greetings when one returned to the nest area after a number of days at sea. These beautiful birds have a wing-span up to eleven feet! This particular photo was taken with a Canon T-90 & FD 100mm F4 Macro lens on Fuji Velvia film in January, 1996. This species is commonly seen following ships that visit the Antarctic region, but the privilege of visiting this magnificent bird at the nest is an experience never to be forgotten.
This photo of a Wandering Albatross in flight was taken in January, 1996, in the Scotia Sea between South Georgia and the Falklands/Malvinas. The shot was taken with a Canon T-90 & FD 400mm F4.5 lens and Kodachrome 200 film. The camera and lens were hand-held on a gunstock mount as the bird flew alongside our ship. Note the green crescent on the breast of the bird. This is a color mark used by researchers to identify individual birds at the nesting site on South Georgia. The mark will disappear with wear and/or when the bird molts.
The shot at right gives a more scenic look at the nesting areas of these albatrosses on Prion Island, South Georgia. A single albatross can be seen in the left background of the shot.
The Wandering Albatross in the enxt two shots was on Albatross Islands, South Georgia, in January, 2003. In the 2nd shot the bird is starting to run in order to get up to take-off speed.
Prion Island, South Georgia, January, 2003.
The next four shots show Wandering Albatrosses of various ages in flight over the South Atlantic near Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, in February, 2005.