The Black-billed Albatross is one of the smaller albatrosses (although still huge at 200-240 cm in wingspan and 84-94 cm in length) and common in the southern Pacific through much of the winter and spring before moving further south in the summer. They breed on a small number of islands in the South Altantic and South Pacific oceans and like many albatrosses, they are in decline due to the use of long-ling fishing. Taxonomically, several authorities maintain that there are two subspecies, T. m. melanophrys and T. m. impavada, the latter known as the Campbell Albatross. The first three are adults and the last two immature birds.
1-5: South Pacific, off Wollongong, 25/06/2011.