Albatross of the Sub-Antarctic Islands
The islands south of New Zealand and north of Antarctica provide a unique home for these birds. Remote habitats with few predators plus strong winds that favour their large wing spans make it a happy home. Wandering Albatross have the largest wing-span of any bird, reaching over 3metres, yet smaller albatross in the Mollymawk family are no less charming.
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Thanks to Heritage Expeditions who sponsored these voyages to the Sub-Antarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Meeting these beautiful birds in their own habitat was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my lifetime...
Read my guide to photographing albatross from the deck of a cruise ship at Photography for Travellers: "A few days sailing the Southern Ocean is a journey that at first glance holds few photographic opportunities. But even in open waters, the company of sea-birds and a reasonable telephoto lens can provide rich inspiration to the creative photographer."
And here's another 1500 images from the Sub-Antarctic Islands...
If you like these pics then you might like a copy of my book called "passage of the penguins", a unique account of our journey in December 2010 as a memento for our onboard travellers...
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."