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Southern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross and Cape Petrel | by Mark Carmody
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Southern Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross and Cape Petrel

A Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora), with an average wingspan of around 3 m (9.8 ft) and the second largest albatross in existence, dwarfs a Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys, aka black-browed mollymawk) and a Cape Petrel (Daption capense) as we sailed through the Bealge Channel and north-north eastwards towards Las Malvinas/Falkland Islands.

 

The IUCN lists the Southern Royal as vulnerable, the Black-browed as endangered, but the Cape Petrel as stable. It was tough, emotionally, watching these great birds knowing that their future is unknown due to man's interference.

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Taken on November 19, 2014