WANDERING ALBATROSS

RUNNER-UP, THREATENED SPECIES

WANDERING ALBATROSS

DIOMEDEA EXULANS

STATUS: VULNERABLE

The wandering albatross’s huge wingspan is perfectly designed for catching the updraught from the ocean. Steadying myself as the boat rocked from side to side to photograph the magnificent bird in flight proved rather more difficult. Classified as vulnerable, the species appears to owe its decline to longline fishing.  

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Canon EOS-1D Mk III, Canon EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6L IS USM, 1/2500, f/7.1, ISO 500, handheld

by Trevor Penfold