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Black-footed = SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS

Black-footed = SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS
By – 7:40 pm
I was not on today’s pelagic trip but am reporting that photos posted to eBird of today’s “Black-footed” Albatross show a young SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS. I gather conditions were rather rough at the time and that the bird spent much of its time in the distance, flying away. It was at the top end of the Nine Mile Bank. Anyway, some effort will be made to inquire whether or not an affordable chase-trip can be arranged in the next few days. Obviously it is a long shot, but some Short-taileds have remained for a few days in the same general area. If such a trip can be arranged, or if we first need to get a pulse of the number of interested parties, somebody (probably Dave Povey) will make a post to the listserv.–Paul Lehman, San Diego