………I’m a wanderer, yeah a wanderer
I roam around around around around
My wanderer is a little different. I don’t think Dion had a 10′ wingspan for starters. I mentioned in an earlier post that we had seen fewer wanderers than I had hoped. The roughest seas we encountered were between South Georgia and The Antarctic Peninsula. And when I look back at my image files it was here I had the fewest shots due to illness but the best of the albatross. I have already posted a Grey-headed albatross image and I will post another below. This however is the best of my wanderer shots:
I am no albatross expert but I think this is probably a Southern Royal, Diomedea epomophora.
None of the big boys (or girls) came close to the ship, unlike the Black-browed jobbies, some of which tried to knock my hat off.
This one was a particularly mean creature. Note the W C Fields nose.
The Grey-headeds were much scarcer but the rough seas brought one in.
We also had the ubiquitous Giant Petrels. These are split into two species, Northern and Southern. They look very alike except for the tip of the nose. The Southern has an olive-green tip and the Northern a reddish tip. They are arguably the easiest of the seabirds to photograph. They loaf around off the back of the boat, flying the same circuit over and over again. Sometimes they come extremely close. Like this:
Or even this:
These are all tubenoses or Procellariiformes. So was yesterday’s Great shearwater.
If you get bored with GPs – and you will- you can try artistic shots.
And as we are on tubenoses another attempt or two at artistic impression (will I get a 6.0 from the Russian judge?):
And there we must end for today. A nice selection of noses if ever I saw one. Not to be sniffed at. And for those of a certain age, here is another albatross: