The Shy Albatross is the largest of the black-backed albatrosses, with a wingspan of 2.12 - 2.56 m. They have a distinctive underwing pattern; mostly white, with very narrow black margins and a diagnostic black notch at the top of the wing, just next to the body. The forehead and crown are white, forming a pronounced white cap sharply bordered by a narrow greyish-black brow and light greywash across the sides of the head (including nape, ear-coverts, cheeks and sides of throat in most individuals) (Marchant & Higgins 1990). The lower mantle and back are blackish with a pronounced silvery bloom that contrasts with the darker, uniform blackish scapulars and upperwings. The rump and upper tail-coverts are white, while the tail is a light grey, turning darker brown with wear. The bill is a uniform greyish-horn colour, merging to straw-yellow by the mid-section, with a yellow tip. The iris is dark brown, and the legs and feet are bluish-flesh (Marchant & Higgins 1990).
The Shy Albatross is the only albatross species endemic to Australia and have been found as far west as Albany. Off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, lies a small island on which 10,000 rare shy albatross live. Their declining population is a concern for conservationists. Albatross Island is home to 5,000 breeding pairs of shy albatross and is one of only three islands in the world on which the species lives.
You can see the Shy Albatross from the look outs at The Gap and Natural Bridge.
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