New Zealand White-capped Albatross
New Zealand White-capped Albatross (Thalassarche steadi)
Endemic to New Zealand with 99% of the total population breeding in the Auckland Islands with 97,089 breeding pairs. It’s the largest of the smaller albatross (mollymawks) weighing up to 5 kilograms.
Attracted to offal from fishing boats , it is understood that fish processing waste comprises a large component of their diet. They also feed on fish and squid by surface seizing, but can also undertake shallow dives.