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Procellariiformes - Pacific Diomedeidae
 
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Procellariiformes
Families: Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels and Diving Petrels, Storm-Petrels
 
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All albatrosses, Feeding procellariids
 
Species:   
Waved Albatross, Elliott's Storm-Petrel
 
Images:   
Waved Albatross, Cape Petrel, Elliot's Storm-Petrel.
Feeding Group
, Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Shy Albatross, Laysan Albatross,
Westland Petrel, Cape Pigeon, Antarctic Petrel, Dark-rumped Petrel, Galapagos Shearwater
 
  Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans
 
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     Wandering Albatrosses, were attracted to chum slick off Kaikoura, NZ in winter. These are large albatrosses with a wing span of up to 3.5 m. When males mature at 8-10 years of age, they are white except for black in the primaries and a narrow secondary margin (see the bird with his wings spread below). Females have less white than males. Young are dark except for a white face and underwing
 

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross
Wandering Albatross

  Adult and
   young
   Wandering
   Albatross
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   Black-
   billed
   Gull,
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   domin-
   icanus,
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   upper left
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Adult Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans
An adult with its long thin wings stretched. Note the Cape Petrel, Daption capense, dabbling on the surface behind the albatross
  Wandering Albatross Wandering Albatross  
 
Another view of a Wandering Albatross. Note the pink bill with no shading on the upper tomia (edges of the mandible).
An immature Wandering Albatross        
 
 
  Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomorphora
 
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  Royal Albatross Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomorphora. Royals were more skittish than Wandering Albatrosses and did not approach the boat closely. Royal Albatrosses are the same size as Wandering Albatrosses and adult males are difficult to distinguish. The best field mark is the thin dark line on the upper edge of the maxilla (tomium).  
 
  White-capped (Shy) Albatross, Thalassarche cauta
 
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  Shy Albatross
 White-capped (Shy) Albatross, Diomedea cauta. Note bill pattern and dark line through the eye (brow). A Cape Pigeon (a petrel) is behind the "mollymawk." The Shy Albatross is the largest of the dark-backed albatrosses (wing spread about 2.5 m), smaller than the giant birds above.
 
 
  Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis
 
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  Laysan Albatross Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis, Oahu, HI. An albatross of the northern oceans. Laysan's have a white head and neck and a white rump. There is a conspicuous dark area across the eye and face and the bill tends to have a dark tip.
   We saw one individual off Kilauea Point on Kauai and there is some concern in Hawaii that they may begin to breed on the inner islands where they could impact aviation and other economic activities. 
 
       
     
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  Banner - Wandering Albatross (young) with a Westland Petrel. Kaikoura, NZ.
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