Light Mantled Sooty Albatross – Phoebetria palpebrata

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Ok, this guy may look rather dull, but I think they’re rather special, and I’m very happy with how sharp this picture turned out. It’s almost pin-sharp!

Phoebetria palpebrata – from a whole different family of albatross that includes the dark-mantled sooty.They’re the smallest albatrosses, with wingspans of 200cm, and can dive down to 12m! They’re listed as near-threatened by the World Conservation Union.

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