Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses are similarly-sized to Black-browed (wingspan average of 2 m, length 76 cm), but can be easily differentiated by the beak pattern and the smaller amount of black edging under the wing. They are more of a winter visitor than the Black-browed and breed on a few islands in the Indian Ocean, although they can range as far as South Africa and New Zealand in the winter. They are endangered due to their limited breeding areas, danger from long-line fishing and also from diseases. They are closely related to the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, from which they were recently split. The first three are adults and the last an subadult bird, as seen by the black beak.
1-2,4: South Pacific, off Wollongong, 25/06/2011.
3: South Pacific, off Sydney, 14/08/2010.