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South Georgia Island, Prion Island, Wandering albatross chick (Diomedea exulans)

Another cute baby animal picture! One of the first locations that I visited during my South Georgia Island expedition was Prion Island, which is home to a declining population of wandering albatross. The reason that the population is in trouble is due to long-line fishing. The albatross are attracted to the baited hooks that the long-liners use. Once they bite a hook, they get pulled underwater and drown. It is very sad. There were not many albatross around during my visit, so I was fortunate to be able to spend the better part of an afternoon with this beautiful, photogenic creature. I created this image with my Canon 5DmkIII, Canon 17-40mm f4 lens, and Singh-Ray LB Warming polarizer & 4-stop Soft Graduated Neutral Density filter. I processed the RAW file using Aperture 3, Photoshop CS6, plus I applied Nik Color Efex 4‘s White Neutralizer filter.

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