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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SOUTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS, PATERSON INLET, STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this albatross as a Southern Royal Albatross by its all white body, head and mantle; upperwings mostly black,  but white at the leading edge and some white inboard; huge, pink and hooked bill with a creamy tip; black cutting edge of the upper mandible; white tail and pink legs.
   The Southern Royal Albatross is the largest of all albatrosses and is endemic to New Zealand.   The nonbreeding and juveniles cross the Southern Ocean  to feed in waters off South America.   They then return to New Zealand breeding areas by circumnavigating the globe, 
   The Southern Royal Albatross is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 761.