Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania - Pelagic Reports 3&4 Sept 2011 - photos. TWO n

To: "'Mike Carter'" <>, "'Nikolas Haass'" <>, "'Daniel Mantle'" <>, <>, "Raja Stephenson" <>
Subject: Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania - Pelagic Reports 3&4 Sept 2011 - photos. TWO not one CHATHAM ALBATROSS?
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 15:35:27 +1000
G’day Mike,


I suspect the first couple of images have been effected by slightly different 
light or image adjustment in Photoshop as the bill doesn’t look quite as yellow 
as  later shots in the run, but I suspect the dark patch is essentially the 
same extent for all. The bill appears almost Salvin’s like in the first couple 
of images, but even the yellower shots reveal a fair degree of dullness in the 
latericorn in particular, I wonder if this bird is a young adult or if this 
species has a slightly duller bill when not breeding. A very useful set of 
images of a slightly duller billed bird shown extremely well. But my guess 
would be a single individual is involved.


A message to Raja, your Soft-plumaged Petrel photos are by far the best I have 
ever seen, you are reaching extremely high standards of image quality in you 
photos. Superb tonal balance and crisp noise free images, looking forward to 
every new set you post on your website.


Cheers Jeff.






From: Mike Carter  
Sent: Sunday, 11 September 2011 2:23 PM
To: Nikolas Haass; Daniel Mantle; 
Cc: Jeff Davies; Rohan Clarke; David James; david mitford; rob hynson
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Eaglehawk Neck,Tasmania - Pelagic Reports 3&4 Sept 
2011 - photos. TWO not one CHATHAM ALBATROSS?


In my opinion the difference is too extreme to be artefact so I'll be very 
surprised if only one bird was involved. 

Did this/these birds come and go, or once present, stay with the boat? Also 
check and compare the times on Raja's images. I can't do that. Most of the 
first displayed images have the vestigial dark spot and the later and closer 
ones show the large spot. Not only is this of interest with regard to how many 
birds you saw but it helps BARC to assess reports that say 'bill wholly 
yellow'. This debate and the new taxonomy has spurned a rash of submissions.    


Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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