Southern Giant Petrel – Macronectes giganteus

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Macronectes giganteus – Southern Giant Petrel. Giant petrels are aggressive predators and scavengers, which has led to the other common name they were known as, the Stinker.They look a bit like albatross, except for the tube nostrils on the top of their bill – albatross bills have the two tube nostrils opening seperately, further up. They’re still bloody big tho – this geezer has a 2m wingspan!

Another lucky shot – it’s almost pin sharp, when I look at it 100%. Settings:
Exposure:1/3200 sec
Focal Length:110 mm
ISO Speed:200
Exposure Bias:-2/3 EV

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