Buller's Albatross is a small member of the 'mollymawks' with a wingspan of 2 - 2.1 m and a length of 76 - 81 cm, making it smaller than the related Black-browed Albatross and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross. As with other albatrosses, they eat fish and cephalopods and can secrete salt from the sea water they drink through a special gland above their beaks. The population of ~32,000 breeds on a few islands near New Zealand, but can be found as far afield as South America when not breeding. While many of these birds are sadly lost through tuna fishing by being caught on hooks and drowned, their population is currently increasing.
1-2: Tasman Sea, Wollongong Pelagic, NSW, 23/06/2012.
3: Tasman Sea, off Sydney, 14/08/2010.