☑️ 42. This is possibly my favourite photo I've taken this year, and yes, it's another albatross. They're just so incredibly photogenic and don't have a problem posing off the back of a boat! We're incredibly lucky to have so many albatross species that occur in New Zealand this stunning species is a Salvin's mollymawk/albatross (Thalassarche salvini). Unfortunately, the populations of many albatross species are declining at a worryingly rapid rate. This includes the Salvin's mollymawk, now listed as 'Nationally Critical' - the most severe conservation status in NZ - meaning that they're facing immediate risk of extinction. These declines of Salvin's and many other albatross species are due to a multitude of threats including drowning on long-line fishing hooks and other fishing gear, increased climate variability, conflicts with introduced species, and the ingestion of plastics or other ocean pollutants that are also fed to chicks on the nest. There's many great initiatives being undertaken in NZ to lower fishery impacts and reduce pollution, such as the testing of a device that allows hooks to be set below the reach of surface-scavenging albatross species. But, albatross don't just occur in NZ, making it imperative that these conservation measures are adopted all around the world, so that we can all continue to be amazed by these awe-inspiring birds!