Rare Layson Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) sighting.
Observation by Karen Johnson:
We have only seen them a few times while offshore over the years.
Comments from LEO Editors:
The Layson Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) is a large seabirds with white heads, gray-brown upperwings and white underwings and bellies. During flight, they will rarely flap their wings, taking advantage of wind currents. The Layson Albatross can be found between Costa Rica and the Aleutian Islands, feeding off of squid, crustaceans, and floating carrion. They typically nest either on the Midway, Layson, or Hawaiian Islands, laying eggs in sandy depressions or in nests built under trees. Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Layson Albatross Species Profile.
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