Tasmania is a truly wonderful part of Australia - with a rich heritage, globally significant landscape areas and wildlife that has not be decimated (too badly) by development, deforestation, rabbits or foxes (although the fox problem has unfortunately arrived in the island state).
We spent all of out time there on the east coast. During our visit we went on two boat trips - neither of them ever really get you out of sight of the shore, but the scenery and wildlife were stunning.
On both of these trips I finally got to sea living albatross! I can only claim one species - Shy Albatross (Diomedea cauta), but that will do for me. These are absolutely stunning birds with a wingspan of over 2m (thats about 6 feet!). At one stage we were in a boat with 3 huge outboard motors moving along a decent speed, and we were over taken by an albatross that was not even flapping its wings! It just shot past.
The trip was a wee bit bouncy and the birds are very fast moving, so I ended up with a low hit rate on the pictures. I was just shocked at how many birds I saw - there must have been upwards of 20 different birds around the boat at one time ore another. At times we could see five or six at the same time. Now I like watching dolphins (pictures to follow), but I could not believe the number of people on the boat who seemed slightly unimpressed by the albatrosses! How can that be! Strange people.
So, here in my general order of preference are my favourite Shy Albatross shots from both trips:
Many of the shots I took ended up in the recycle bin - and a good number did not even contain albatross! But I loved the fact I could take dozens of images, often in rapid fire mode - if anybody anywhere has lingering doubts about digital imaging, they should try taking pictures of rapidly moving birds, from a bouncy, crowded boat!
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