|Short-tailed Albatross Gallery; James Lloyd, 2007|
Wow; she spotted the very rare Short-tailed Albatross (STAL) on Sand Island!! The photo to the left shows an adult bird. With that golden head, you can certainly understand why it's also called the Golden Gooney.
Below is a video of the STAL taken by Joanna. The caption says the video is mine, but she's the videographer, not me. We're just storing the video on my Vimeo account.
Enjoy Joanna's video! You'll notice the bird doesn't have the same golden head and neck as shown in the photograph to the left. That's because the bird that James photographed back in 2007 is an adult, and Joanna's bird is younger, not fully adult yet. However, it's still a big bird; notice how much bigger it is than the Black-footed Albatross, with which it doesn't seem to get along--
Short-tailed Albatross from Barb Mayer on Vimeo.