Seabird species at Kaikoura, featuring images of Shy Mollymawks, Salvin's Mollymawks, Antipodean Albatross and Black Petrels
A New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) was fishing and the Mollymawks were looking for a share of its catch.
Images of three sea bird species of albatross photographed off the Kaikoura coast in New Zealand’s South Island, all of which are on the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) of Nature’s Red List with conservation status of near threatened or vulnerable.
Shy Albatross or Mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta) its conservation status is near threatened and has a wingspan about 2.1m to 2.6m.
Salvin's Albatross or Salvin's Mollymawk (Thalassarche salvini) has a wingspan of 2.5m and its conservation status is vulnerable.
Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) its conservation status is vulnerable and has a wingspan about 3.0m to 3.5m. It is a sub species of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea (exulans antipodensis).
Another bird species was the Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) which has a wingspan of 1.1m and its conservation status is vulnerable.