Waved Albatross Airport in the Galapagos: part II

A few more shots of Albatrosses from the beautiful Espanola Island.

The photograph below is a Waved Albatross.

Waved Albatross in flight Galapagos

Waved Albatross in flight above the ocean.

ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/1600 | Manual Mode | AI servo focus

This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens with a 1.4x III Extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III, handheld. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.

This Waved Albatross in flight with wings up is a creation resulting from capturing the image from a cliff, in the midst of Albatross Airport. Those kind of shots can only be done while photographing from above the bird. Few situations will allow this to happen, especially for high planers like Albatrosses. Keep your eye open for cliffs that give to the ocean, as those are perfect spots for such situations. There is maybe only one other location where a Waved Albatross in flight capture can be done like this: Isla de la Plata, in Ecuador.

The photograph below is a pair of Waved Albatross preening each other during their courtship ritual.

Waved Albatross courting

Pair of Waved Albatrosses courting.

ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/6400 | Manual Mode | AI servo focus

This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens with a 1.4x III Extender, the Canon EOS 5D mark III, handheld. Handholding the 600mm with proper technique is possible!

This pair of Waved Albatrosses was gently preening each other, which is part of their courtship ritual. Waved Albatrosses are amongst the few birds that mate together for life. Only when one of the partner dies, will the other one look for a new mate. Do you know why they are called “Waved” Albatrosses?

The name comes from the wavy pattern of the plumage!

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  1. wildlife4me

     /  August 5, 2013

    You do great work! I don’t do as well in rain and fog, but I keep trying!

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