Seabird Photo Albums

This album page provides links to galleries that feature images of Seabirds that occupy various ocean and pelagic habitats. The primary gallery displays portraits of individual species together with juvenile/immature and male/female dimorphic species when I’ve been able to photograph them.

Gibson’s Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni) female on water at Kaikoura Pelagic in New Zealand.

The 'tubenoses' comprise albatrosses, mainly found in the Southern Ocean. Together with petrel and cosmopolitan shearwater families, which have the greatest diversity in the Southern Hemisphere.

Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) on the beach at Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula in New Zealand

Penguins are Southern Hemisphere ocean birds that mainly inhabit the cold waters of Antarctic and subantarctic. Auks are marine, neritic and pelagic birds found in northern oceans.

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula websteri) brown morph at Genovesa Island

Boobies, frigatebirds and tropicbirds are marine, mainly pelagic birds. They roam tropical and subtropical oceans but come ashore to breed.

Seabird Taxonomy

I follow J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist to map the seabird group of Aves Orders:

(a) Procellariiformes (Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters) the tube-nosed seabirds, part of Aequornithes;

(b) Sphenisciformes (Penguins) the tubenose sister clade,

(c) Charadriiformes (Auks). This order includes (Waders/Shorebirds and Gulls). These are part of the Waders (Shorebirds) and Gulls, Terns and Skimmers photo albums;

(d) Suliformes (Gannets, Boobies and Frigatebirds). This order includes Cormorants and Darters, and part of that photo album; and

(e) Phaethontiformes (Tropicbirds) sister to core waterbirds (Aequornithes).

My waterbird albums include species listed in the Ramsar Convention. Wetland species/families encompass eight different Aves Orders, including Charadriiformes and Suliformes, which include both waterbird and seabird families.