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    17 December 2011 Wollongong Pelagic--Question about Wandering Albatrosses

    Greetings,

    On the 17 December 2011 Wollongong pelagic at least 2 Wandering Albatross were seen (and captured). I'm wondering to which of the five subspecies (or species) these birds might be ascribed.

    Thanks,

    Bob Lockett

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    Hi Bob,

    The albatrosses captured and banded on the 17 December trip were a female Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans and a juvenile Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida. From memory, there were 2 Wandering Albatrosses on the day and they were both exulans.

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    Cheers,
    Brook

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    Brook,

    Thanks for the reply. So, if I'm following the Clement's World List, these two would be Diomedea exulans exulans and Thalassarche melanophris impavida, I believe. I see that the IOC list has elevated these two taxa to full species. Again, thanks for the information, and thanks for a fantastic pelagic experience!

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