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Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) | by Mark Carmody
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Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata)

The Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata), also known as the grey-mantled albatross or the light-mantled sooty albatross, is a small albatross in the genus Phoebetria, which it shares with the sooty albatross. The light-mantled albatross was first described as Phoebetria palpebrata by Johann Reinhold Forster, in 1785, based on a specimen from south of the Cape of Good Hope. The light-mantled albatross has a circumpolar pelagic distribution in the Southern Ocean. It ranges in latitude from the pack-ice around Antarctica, with the southernmost record from 78°S in the Ross Sea, to about 35°S, with occasional sightings further north along the Humboldt Current. It breeds on several subantarctic islands including the Prince Edward Island, Marion Island, Crozet Islands, Amsterdam Island, St. Paul Island, Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Auckland Islands, Antipodes Islands and South Georgia and at least on one island in the maritime Antarctic at 62°S on King George Island. Except when breeding, its habitat is entirely marine, and it will forage from the edges of the Antarctic pack-ice to about 40°S. When foraging during the breeding season, the birds will remain closer to their nest sites. (wikipedia)


The species is endangered due to drastic population crashes caused by habitat destruction, plastic ingestion and being snared by commercial fishing methods. This was taken from the M.V. Sea Spirit (Quark) sailing between South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands. Looks like it has deployed its air brakes!

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Taken on November 28, 2014