Black-Footed Albatross

AE7I2008.jpgThe albatross is a pretty amazing flyer.  A large wing span and a very high aspect ratio make for an efficient cruiser.  The wandering albatross is perhaps the most impressive with its ability to cruise the southern oceans for months at a time.  I haven’t had a chance to go south to see one of those.  However, while out in Monterey Bay on the whale watching trip we did have an encounter with a black footed albatross.  It might be a bit smaller but it still has the same characteristics.  Great efficiency and the ability to soar about the surface of the water with ease.  What a cool bird.

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