Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris race impavida) Pacific Ocean off Sydney NSW
Canon EOS 40D Lens 100-400mm L IS USM at 100mm ISO 640 8.0 1/2500 available light 12 June 2010
Taken yesterday on Sydney Pelagic outing approx 25 miles east of Sydney, fairly cool, strong wing fairly rough and this fella wasn't burleying the fish or birds but hanging on tightly as this was no sitting in a chair comfortly in a bird hide stuff...very frenetic activity. First time doing this stuff. What a magnificent experience !!
Campbell Albatross is a race of the Black-browed Albatross and the most obvious feature to this first time observer is the magnificent eye coloring whereas the Black-browed Albatross is black. The Australian Museum web presence has an excellent fact page on the Black-browed Albatross at:
which I have noted for you as it is very closely allied to the Campbell Albatross.
The Campbell Albatross breeds only on the Campbell Island and nearby islet of Jeanette Marie a group of islands of New Zealand in the south Pacific Ocean. Campbell Island is almost due south of Dunedin in the south island of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. See map at:
Another name for these albatrosses and other medium sized albatrosses which have black backs are Mollymawks.