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Salvin's Albatross Landing

Image # 1D2_01508

Waters off Kaikoura, New Zealand


Canon 100-400L IS at 320 mm

ISO 320, f/11, 1/1000 second

Manual Metering



Even though I knew that Albatross were big birds, I really couldn't appreciate their size until we were 'up close and personal' with them. These birds are huge! Take-offs and landings are not particularly graceful, but were a joy to watch and photograph. Their weight when coming in really results in a long "skid" as shown above.