Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Albatross

The Albatross is a sea bird, who spends his days diving for fish.

This candid photo of an Albatross with a fresh caught fish in it's beak was taken off the coast of Bruny Island.

Local shutterbug Warwick Berry provided this great action shot. Taking a photograph like this takes knowledge of the local waters where these birds congregate. It can take hours or even days of observing these birds to get just the right photograph. Warwick a seasoned photographer of seventeen plus years will wait as long as it takes to get that perfect picture. However obviously when his target makes it's move he has to move fast with his zoom lens.

Albatross can live up to 60 years primarily out at sea, diving & following fishing vessels. Albatross are attracted to the fish scraps that are regularly discarded in the water by fishing boats. Unfortunately their habit of following these boats can be lethal as they are regularly caught in trawl fishing lines & drowned.

It is a marvelous thing that these beautiful birds can be seen off our Bruny Island coastline.

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