I was lucky enough to spend the last week in Tasmania, mostly birding, but also a weekend in Hobart with great food, wonderful whisky and the best company I know of!
During the birding part of the trip I was luck enough to go on a Pelagic Trip from Eaglehawk Neck. While I have been out on a few whale watching trips, this was my first pelagic trip (3 others have been cancelled!)
One of the advantages of a trip from this destination is that the continental shelf is reasonably close to the shore - maybe 1.5 hours out from shore. This means yo can spend more time looking for the 'pelagic' species and less time just getting there and getting back. Even if we had to cut and run about an hour early because of increasingly bad weather we still had a great trip.
The most frequent albatross we encountered was the Shy Albatross (also called White-capped Albatross) (Thalassarche cauta). At times we had close to 40 birds around the boat. Wonderful!
Here are some pictures.
In a number of these pictures you can see the back 'thumb print' in the 'arm pit' of the bird which is characteristic.
I'll try not to spam WBW with albatross for the next couple of weeks - but you may be seeing a few more of these wonderful birds!
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