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Wandering Albatross
Diomedea exulans

The Wandering Albatross is the largest of all albatrosses and one of the largest birds in the world with a wingspan of up to 3.5 metres. As with other albatrosses, the main diet is squid and fish taken from the surface, making them vulnerable to long-line fishing. This has made the species itself decline sharply. They occur all round the Southern Ocean and breed on a handful of islands.
The first birds is a subadult, the next two are adults and the last is a juvenile. Juveniles are mainly brown and become whiter with age, eventually reaching full adult plumage after 8-10 years. Adults usually begin breeding at 15 years.

 

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross juvenile

1: Tasman Sea, off Wollongong, NSW, 23/06/2012.
2 and 3: Tasman Sea, off Sydney, 14/08/2010.
4: Tasman Sea, off Sydney, 13/03/2010.