Sooty Albatross, Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross

Sooty Albatross, Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Sooty Albatross, Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross by Pete Marshall
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
DIOMEDEIDAE
Order: 
PROCELLARIIFORMES
Genus: 
Phoebetria
Species: 
fusca
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Hilsenberg, 1822)
Common names (Fre): 
Albatros brun
Medium: 
colored pencil
Artist Statement: 
Watching these birds from the heaving deck of a small cruise ship in the Southern Oceans was an amazing and exhilarating experience. Their numbers are diminishing markedly not only from environmental changes and the human activity of long line fishing, but also from heavy predation by feral animals in their breeding colonies.