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Salvin's Mollymawk

Salvin's Mollymawk
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 9:19
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken at the same time as the shot of the Wandering Albatross. Mollymawks are small albatrosses.

The name mollymawk was coined in the 17th century from the German rendering of the Dutch Mallemugge, which meant mal - follish and mok - gull.

Salvin's Albatross, or Salvin's Mollymawk (Thalassarche salvini), is a large seabird that ranges across the Southern Ocean. A medium sized mollymawk in the albatross family, it was long considered to be a subspecies of the Shy Albatross. However molecular analysis has shown that it and the closely related Chatham Albatross (also considered to be a subspecies of the Shy Albatross) are actually sister taxon to each other, and more distantly related to the Shy. All three are now widely regarded to be separate species. The species was named by Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild for the distinguished ornithologist Osbert Salvin.

The Salvin's Albatross has a grey head, mantle and back, a white rump and underside. Its bill is pale grey with a yellow ridge and tip. It can be distinguished from the Chatham Albatross by its larger size and grey bill, and from the Shy Albatross by the greyer head. Such differences can be difficult to pick out at sea, however, and this explains the under-representation of this species in at-sea surveys.

The Salvin's Albatross breed colonially on three disparate island groups in the Southern Ocean, the Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean and the Bounty Islands and The Snares to the south of New Zealand. A single egg is laid in September, and incubated by both parents until early November. The chicks fledge after about 4 months. At sea they range from South Africa across to Australia and as far east as the coast of South America. The world population is currently estimated to be around 65,000 birds, which suggests a decline in the species since earlier studies (although differences in methods make direct comparisons difficult).

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Hello James,

Wonderful picture of this albatross. Very nice light. Excellent sharpness. A great pic!

Hello James
another albatross shot from New Zealand. Great capture with great focus and POV. Nicely composed. TFS, friendly

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-30 9:28]

Hello James,
Very nice indeed!
If I could have taken a shot of this Savin's Albatross I couldn't have wished for a better one in every way.
Thanks for sharing this,

Mollymawk! Now that's one I've never heard of or seen for that matter until now. What a cool bird well seen here. Fine shot of it on the water. TFS James

Hello James,
This is a top quality image of Mollymawk!
best pov with superb sharpness, beautiful colour and details!
looks like you had a very good collection of quality images from NZ! congratulation!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-30 10:35]

Hi james
very good image
very lovely albatros
have a nice day

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-30 13:31]

Hi James is this when you had the boat to your selevs . great detail and natural colours in the large sea bird. what a large and strange shape bill. a good picture all round. sorry missed your 200 picture congrats all the same.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-30 13:40]

Genial trabajo James,
bellos detalles y nítida escena,
buen pov,

Hello James nice moody light here goes well with the mean expression on it's face nice clean shot. Good close composition. Sharp details. tfs rgds Necip.

Magnificent Albatross, real luck to take pictures of these birds. I like reflections in the water showing the undulated surface of the sea.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-31 0:50]

Hi James,
Wonderful shot of this small albatross doing an activity they know best. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. The water ripples does create a fine effect. Great POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello James,

Beautiful duck very well captured in excellent details. Strange bill in good details with very well seen plumage. I like it.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-31 1:09]

Hello James,
Wow, this is a great view of the Albatross on the water. Wonderful light, superb details and fine colours. I like the clear water too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2008-01-31 1:34]

Hi James,
Interesting albatross species, esp. the bill. Really good shot. I wonder a bit of fill-flash would be useful here. Must have been very hard to get this one. Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-31 1:57]

Hi James,
this is a really great shot!
The image quality is impeccable!
Nice colours and lighting.
Great composition.
Well done!
Joe :))

Hi james;
I really like this one, the Albatross has always amazed me with its huge wingspan and the way it glides just above the water, a beautiful looking bird so well captured, stunning detail and the exposure is spot-on, really nice work Cheers Rick :)

Hi James
Nicely composed (but maybe it would be a little bit better croped a little bit from the bottom)and great sharpness. I think that you could do higlights reduction (to remove the blink on the left) and also lighten shadows a little bit.
Also good informative note
Best wishes

Hello James,
A lovely bird with a characteristic beak!
Fine details in the plumage, and a good angle on the bird...
I notice how high the bird seems to be floating on the water, but I guess the salt content is normal...
Pablo -

Hi James,
Nice capture with great details, POV, and close-crop comp.
I like the subtle colortones, and you handled this difficult light well.

James, you have created sheer magic through this fantastic picture of the Mollymawk.
The picture has a veritable three dimensional aspect to it. The grey tones in the picture contrast so well with the colours on the bird's beak and plumage.
The movement of and textures on the waves are just amazing.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture and best regards.

Unusual little bird - wonderful lighting on the top of the head...interesting how the bird seems metallic...and the water like quick silver. Very nice!

Hello James,
I hate to talk about shutter speed and so but I do it know 'cause I'm a bit surprised this image is actually sharp; the meta is saying 1/160...
Anyway is very sharp and it's good of course.
Beautiful albatross. I like the bill; doesn't look grey but rather gold apparently through the light and water reflection..
Well done

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 15:29]

Hello James,
Incrediable detail and colors in this fantastic portrait of this species I have not seen before. Great notes round out this excellent posting, thank you James.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-02 9:07]

Hi James.
I am amazed with this stunning picture. The water surface reproduction, reproduction of all details and features of the amazing bird are outstanding. Colour tones, lights and shadows are wonderful at highest range. Superb work. My congratulations.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:41]

Hello James

Excellent focus and sharpness.
The colours are deep and vibrant.
Well composed,the water clarity is super.
Very good detail in the plumage.


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