A ROYAL IN WAITING

SOUTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS, DIOMEDEA EPOMOPHORA

A southern royal albatross waits patiently for its egg to hatch on Campbell Island – an uninhabited sub-Antarctic island around 700 kilometres south of New Zealand’s mainland. Breeding every two years and with only about 8,500 breeding pairs left, sadly they are now classified as vulnerable to extinction.

Campbell Island, New Zealand

Nikon d750, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/250, f/18, ISO 500, handheld, UV filter

by Doug Gimesy, Victoria