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Shy Albatross

(Thalassarche cauta)
Alternate name(s): "White-capped Albatross", "Mollymawk"
Size: 0.9-1.0 m; wing span 2.1-2.6 m
Weight: 3.3-4.9 kg

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Shy Albatross at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cauta"

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature Shy Albatross in flight
[22 NM (40 km) ESE of Terrigal, NSW, July 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Shy Albatross in flight; distinguishing features are e.g. the grey bill with black tip, the near-white head and the narrow black underwing edge
[22 NM (40 km) ESE of Terrigal, NSW, July 2013]

The same immature Shy Albatross as shown above; note how, in different light, the bird looks a lot darker, especially its underwings
[22 NM (40 km) ESE of Terrigal, NSW, July 2013]

The same immature Shy Albatross as shown above; here the typical very long and comparatively narrow shape of an Alabtross's wing can be seen clearly; note also the light reflection on the leading edge, which is in fact black
[22 NM (40 km) ESE of Terrigal, NSW, July 2013]

Distant view of a Shy Albatross, right, followed by a Black-browed Albatross, left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Wattamolla, Royal NP, NSW, June 2013]

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