Waved Albatross--and chicks!

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One of the highlights of our recent trip to the Galapagos (see my post in Wanderlust for some scenics and info... https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=239015) was viewing the Waved Albatross colony on Espanola Island. This is the largest nesting colony of this bird in the world, in fact where just about 100% of them breed. And, they are so unafraid of humans that in many cases you have to use a wide angle lens--you are practically stepping on them!

All taken with the D300, and 200-400VR except as noted. You are not allowed to use flash of any kind on wildlife in the Galapagos, we were lucky to have nice soft overcast for this day.

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24-70 2.8 at 70mm
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They have a huge wingspan--about 8 feet--very difficult to get them fully extended!

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They are beautiful and graceful when they fly, although quite ungainly on land.

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thanks for looking!
 
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Very nice Janet,I would like a chance to photograph this neat looking bird.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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Oh my how nice these are. Thank you for sharing you wonderful experience. The vast majority of the folks reading this will never get to this location, but due to your posting, we all get to have a taste of what you saw. Thanks for sharing and you did a wonderful job on these...nice control of the whites, LOTS of detail:smile:
 
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Wonderful series, Janet.
Your shots in the Wanderlust are great, too.
Thanks a lot for sharing
 
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