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p.1 #1 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


These are gorgeous birds with their colourful bills and soft grey feathers. They have a wing span of more than 7 feet! They are very difficult to photograph as they nest on very steep slopes. There is only one place on South Georgia where you can approach them with safety. They don't seem to mind humans at all. There numbers are said to be holding, but an accurate census is difficult as they nest in small and scattered colonies. Enjoy. Don



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Landing in a stiff breeze!

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Flying by the colony.

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Jan 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Excellent Don, I really like the perspective on #2.

Jim



Jan 22, 2013 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Now those are just some super cool images Don. Nice composition, detail / color.


Jan 22, 2013 at 02:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Excellent shots Don with the last two my favorites. Again birds I have never seen so these are all firsts for me!
Eric



Jan 22, 2013 at 02:57 PM
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p.1 #5 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Great work on these giants of the sea skies Don. They really are attractive birds and we see so few on the forum. Well done

Tim



Jan 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #6 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Nice job Don, must take quite an effort for them to get airborne.

Rob



Jan 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
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p.1 #7 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Beauties indeed - what fun!


Jan 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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p.1 #8 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Rob Tillyer wrote:
Nice job Don, must take quite an effort for them to get airborne.

Rob

Thanks Rob. Albatross need big winds for flight. That's why they live in the south and endure the wildest winds on earth. It allows them to get airborne very efficiently. They are great to watch trying to take off in low wind conditions. Don



Jan 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #9 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


2 and 4 are both really good Don. You were quite close to these guys on the incoming flight shots.

Kirk



Jan 22, 2013 at 06:05 PM
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p.1 #10 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


I love # 1 & 2 Don,

but # 4 is right there as well.

Well done on this beautiful bird

Lil



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p.1 #11 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Fine shots Don, well captured. #2 and #4 for me, thanks
David



Jan 22, 2013 at 06:58 PM
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p.1 #12 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Gorgeous shots, Don. Just thought I'd update you on the conservation status of these magnificent animals. The IUCN classifies this bird, the Grey Headed Albatross, as vulnerable due to rapidly declining numbers.

In my humble opinion, I find it essential for all us nature/landscape photographers to do what we can to support conservation of the subjects we love.



Jan 22, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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p.1 #13 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


802walker wrote:
Gorgeous shots, Don. Just thought I'd update you on the conservation status of these magnificent animals. The IUCN classifies this bird, the Grey Headed Albatross, as vulnerable due to rapidly declining numbers.

In my humble opinion, I find it essential for all us nature/landscape photographers to do what we can to support conservation of the subjects we love.


Thanks. (not sure of your name). I think travelling to these areas and sharing our images is the best way to save these animals. Our guides seemed to have a more positive view of the status of these birds. Thanks for the info. Don



Jan 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM
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KirkB wrote:
2 and 4 are both really good Don. You were quite close to these guys on the incoming flight shots.

Kirk

Thanks Kirk. The wind was blowing so hard it almost knocked you over. I had to hand hold my 500mm lens and the wind made it very difficult to stay steady. Don



Jan 22, 2013 at 09:29 PM
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p.1 #15 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


lovely Don .. #4 for me


Jan 22, 2013 at 09:42 PM
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p.1 #16 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Very cool birds


Jan 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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p.1 #17 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Excellent shots Don ! I love 2 and 4

Birdie



Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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p.1 #18 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Cool looking bird Don. Nicely shot.


Jan 23, 2013 at 01:18 AM
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p.1 #19 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Great shots Don, I like those flight shots.


Jan 23, 2013 at 01:45 AM
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p.1 #20 · Albatross; Grey-Headed. South Georgia


Excellent set. Thanks for sharing these Don.
Harsha



Jan 23, 2013 at 01:47 AM
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