birding-aus 1st Amsterdam Albatross for NSW

Subject: birding-aus 1st Amsterdam Albatross for NSW
From: SOSSA-Smith&Jenkin-Smith <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 09:27:23 -0700
Dear Seabirders,

On Sunday September 26th 1999 an Amsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis 
captured and banded at sea off Wollongong NSW by members of the New South Wales 
Albatross Study Group NSWASG,SOSSA).  This is the first record of this species 
rarest of the worlds albatrosses) for NSW and only the second record of the 
species in 
Australian waters.
The bird was thought initially to be a female Antipodean albatross 
D.antipodensis until 
it was captured.  

In the hand the dark cutting edge to the bill and Dark tip to both superior 
(upper) and inferior unguicorn (lower) bill, indicated that the bird was an 
Albatross.  This later confirmed by morhpormetric data (measurements). SOSSA 
has the 
largest collection of morphormetric material for Antipodean albatrosses outside 
of NZ.

Plumage characteristics and bill colouration were compared to many photographs 
and video 
Tapes which were taken of Antipodean albatrosses on the Antipodies Is NZ.  

The sole purpose of this material was for use in identifying Antipodean 
albatrosses from 
all other Wandering albatrosses.

This has resulted in us being 100% certain of the identity of this bird as an 

For further information, please contact SOSSA at the numbers below.

Lindsay Smith

SOSSA  "Wildlife Research" H.Q - Wollongong
Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association Inc

Lindsay E. Smith & Janice G. Jenkin-Smith

Janice G. Jenkin.JP.,CMC. Civil Marriage Celebrant
P.O. Box 142, Unanderra NSW Australia 2526

Phone +61 (02) 4271 6004
Fax   +61 (02) 4272 4626
Mobile 0418 603 007

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