Riding the wave


New Zealand is often referred to as the seabird capital of the world, and rightly so. This portrait of a Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini) was captured off Kaikoura during a regular birding trip where flocks of seabirds are attracted to a boat and can be observed and photographed.

Off Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM lens, 1/1600, f6.3, ISO 320, handheld from a boat at sea
Status: Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini) is listed as Vulnerable.

by Brent M Stephenson, Napier, New Zealand