Snow queen

Grey-headed Al­ba­tross Ridge

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The chest plumage of a grey-headed al­ba­tross blends into the back­drop of snow on a high ridge on Mar­ion, named af­ter the res­i­dent al­ba­tross breed­ing colony there. Like other al­ba­trosses, the grey-headed al­ba­tross spends the ma­jor­ity of its long life soar­ing ef­fort­lessly over vast dis­tances at sea, trav­el­ling up to 13 000 km on a sin­gle feed­ing flight. Gen­er­ally, they only re­turn to an oceanic is­land like Mar­ion ev­ery sec­ond year to breed. Chris snapped this bird’s por­trait dur­ing one such breed­ing sea­son.

HOW? Canon 50D, 70 – 200 mm lens, shut­ter speed 1/250 sec­ond, aper­ture f5, ISO 400.

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