Pelagic Bird ID Quiz — Do you recognize these birds?

This time around, the quiz is a bit easier — well perhaps it is if you own a copy of Steve Howell’s Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America! Can you ID both birds for species and age? Leave your best guess and reasoning in the comments below.

 

Here’s a hint: these photos were taken off Bodega Bay, CA in November 2011

Comments

  1. Mark Robinson says:

    1st Winter Short-tailed Albatross and a black-footed albatross I can’t age

  2. well conceivably it is if you own a archetype of Steve Howell’s Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America

  3. The Black-footed Albatross appears to have no white on the rump and minimal on the undertail coverts. Thus it is likely a very young bird as well (first or second year).

    Note that the Short-tailed Albatross soars with flatter wings than Black-footed, adding to its (real) longer winged appearance.