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WANDERING ALBATROSS (Diomedia exulans)
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juvenile Wandering albatross

Wandering albatross        Diomedea exulans

The largest species of albatross is seen offshore from Lord Howe Island on boat cruises autumn and winter. The large size and slow soaring glides unmistakable.

Characteristics: Length 120cm; wingspan 340cm; bill pink, tipped yellow, 17cm; weight 8kg. Shows 7 colour phases from juvenile all chocolate brown except for white face and underwing, through to adult white above and below; breast has varying amount of fine black speckles. Upperwing white with black tip and trailing edge; underwing white with black tip; tail white.

Habitat: Breeds on subantarctic islands and seen around LHI mainly autumn to spring, but occasional sightings all year.

Reproduction: cone-shaped nest of earth and vegetation; 1 egg, incubation 70-80 days, fledging 270 days.

Food: fish and squid, offal from boats.


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