Chris Patterson

Otago

Dunedin

Northern Royal Albatross: These ocean birds usually mate for life and breed only in New Zealand. This is a male returning to feed his chick at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin on the mainland of New Zealand. Northern royal albatross can be sighted throughout the Southern Ocean at any time of the year. Non-breeding and immature birds, including newly fledged birds, undertake a downwind circumnavigation in the Southern Ocean. The main wintering grounds are off the coasts of southern South America. NRAs can cover 10,000 kms in 10 days with a top speed on the wing of 120 kms.

Camera

Nikon D850

Lens

Nikon 400mm 2.8 FL

Image Settings

ISO 1100 | f/4 | 1/800 sec