Black-browed albatross on the Shetlands (UK)

Gannet colony at Hermaness May/June 1995

Black-browed Albatrosses frequent the Southern Ocean, very occasionally crossing the "doldrums" into the Northern Hemisphere. The most northerly point of the Shetlands in the UK is Hermaness on the island of Unst. A gentle boggy hill with nesting Great Skuas and Golden Plovers ends looking down over huge vertical cliffs to the sea below. The cliffs are nesting sites for Guillemots and Puffins. Further down is a gannet colony. For several years a single Black-browed Albatross had roosted among the gannets. 1995 was the last year it was seen. It's the small "dot" asleep in the middle of the picture below. Taken with an 800 mm lens and 2x converter.

Black-browed albatrosses in the Southern Ocean