Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Foto: Black-footed Albatross

Black-footed AlbatrossBlack-footed Albatross, 25 miles off Newport, Oregon, 15 May 2011 by Greg Gillson.

 

Found in the Pacific NW only far offshore where they eat squid, the Black-footed Albatross has a 7 foot wingspan. This actually makes them one of the smallest albatrosses in the world!

I organize guided birding boat trips offshore specifically to see these and other seabirds that cannot usually be seen from land in the Pacific NW.

We have discussed Black-footed Albatrosses previously.

3 comments:

  1. I grew up in the Pacific NW and don't think I've ever seen one of these...well I'm sure I haven't if they're only seen far off-shore! Really awesome photo!

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  2. Yes, Jan. Though a few people have seen them from shore, we usually don't see them on boat trips until we are at least 20 miles offshore. they are most common about 35 miles offshore.

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  3. Great picture Greg! Lifelong PNW native, had no idea we had these birds offshore. Very cool.

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