Close look

THREATENED SPECIES

During the winter months around Lord Howe Island, we are sometimes blessed with the presence of an albatross (Family: Diomedeidae). This bird circled our boat, Noctiluca, several times as if to have a close look at us. It’s a shame to think that these magnificent birds could one day be gone. 

The trench between Lord Howe Island and Ball’s Pyramid

Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 70–200mm f2.8L USM lens, 1/2000, f8, ISO 400; exposure compensation +1/3 ev; handheld 

Status: The Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) species complex is listed as Vulnerable.

by Jack Shick, Lord Howe Island