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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SALVIN'S ALBATROSS, PATERSON INLET, STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this albatross as a Salvin's Albatross by its silver-grey crown; grey face, upper throat and upper mantle; grey-black back, upperwing, and tail; white rump and underparts with a black thumbmark on the underwing and an underwing that is white with narrow black leading and trailing edges and black wings tips.  The bill has a pale yellow upper ridge,  a yellow tip on the upper mandible and a dark spot on the tip of the lower mandible. 
   Salvin's Albatross is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 762.