Sooty Albatross, Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross
Phoebetria fusca by Pete Marshall(8 in. x 8 in. | colored pencil | ID#4050)
Family: DIOMEDEIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
Watching these birds from the heaving deck of a small cruise ship in the Southern Oceans was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Their numbers are diminishing markedly not only from environmental changes and the human activity of long line fishing, but also from heavy predation by feral animals in their breeding colonies.
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