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Taxonomy: Order Procellariiformes >> Family Diomedeidae >> Genus Diomedea

Wandering Albatross (Unique ID: 10770)
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Species: Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
Location: South Pacific Ocean off Kaikoura Peninsula, Kaikoura District, Canterbury, New Zealand
Age: immature/subadult     Plumage: basic/year-round     Activity: swimming
Sex: ---     Visibility: ---     Quantity: ---
Photographer: David Seibel     Date: January 30, 2017
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L     Megapixels: 20.0

Notes: Gibson's race, D. e. gibsoni, preparing to fold wings after landing. It takes 10-15 years for this species to acquire definitive (adult) plumage. This bird is near the upper end of that range.

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