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Morus bassanus

Morus bassanus
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe, CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 10:00
Viewed: 4874
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern Gannet

Morus bassanus (=Sula bassana) is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae.
Their breeding range is the North Atlantic. They normally nest in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. The largest colony of this bird, with over 60,000 birds, is found on Bonaventure Island, Quebec, but 68% of the world population breeds around the coasts of Great Britain, with the largest colonies on the Bass Rock (whence the species' Latin name) and Boreray, St Kilda.
In the United Kingdom, gannets are a protected species. However, a legal exception is made for the inhabitants of the town of Ness (also known as Port Nis) of the Isle of Lewis who are allowed to kill up to 2,000 gannets (locally known as guga) annually to serve as a traditional local delicacy - the taste is described as fishy.[1][2]
Many of these gannets are taken from Sula Sgeir which is itself named after them.

Information source

Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global breeding Extent of Occurrence of 50,000-100,000 km². It has a large global population estimated to be 530,000 individuals (del Hoyo et al. 1992). Global population trends have not been quantified, but there is evidence of a population increase (del Hoyo et al. 1992), and so the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern. Countries:
Native: Algeria; Bahamas; Belgium; Canada; Cape Verde; Denmark; Faroe Islands; France; Gambia; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Greenland; Guinea-Bissau; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Malta; Mauritania; Mexico; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Russian Federation; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Spain; Sweden; Tunisia; Turkey; Turks and Caicos Islands; United Kingdom; United States; Western Sahara
Vagrant: Austria; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cuba; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Egypt; Estonia; Finland; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; Syrian Arab Republic; Trinidad and Tobago

BirdLife International 2008. Morus bassanus. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 18 January 2009.

Other Northern Gannet

This photo is taken in Mediterranean sea, around the Cap Norfeu, Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, Alt Empordà, Catalonia. Cropped format.

Personal Wev

Tv 1/2500
Av 8.0
ISO 800
Focal 135.0 mm

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-18 10:06]

Hello Ferran,
very nice in-flight capture with a superb composition.
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-18 10:08]

Hallo Ferran,

You have made a very nice in flight photo the bird is well shown and the image has a good composition. The ascending line of bird's movment looks well in the image. The image of the bird is very good showing very nice details of body and plumage. What an objective did you use as in the info about camera it is an 100 mm macro and in your note it is focal of 135 mm?

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-18 10:16]

Hi Ferran , This is a first class inflight shot of the Gannet. You have captured it with very sharp focusing and fine detail . Your use of the light has given bright colours. A beautiful bird taken so well. TFS.

I would like to put his into my Favorites list.

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2009-01-18 10:42]

Hi Ferran,

what a very nice inflight shot of this Gannet.
good deails in the feathers and beautiful colours.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-18 11:42]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura,
exquisito pov y nitidez...
buena captura Ferran.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-18 11:57]

Hi Ferran,
Beautiful in flight capture.Lighting,framing,exposure and details are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-18 12:05]

Hi Ferran,

Wow! This Gannet is magnificent. The face is unbelievable with the wonderful eye, beak, and markings. The positions of the wing are fantastic. Excellent colors, sharp sharp details, and a beautiful composition. I'm beginning to think you must be part bird and fly up there with them to get these extraordinary shots.


Hi Ferran,
A wonderful in-flight capture of this beautiful GAnnet.
Excellent sharpness,exposure and composition.
Great work all around.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Ferran,
Excellent capture of Gannet in flight; great POV and composition, sharp fine details, good lighting and beautiful blue sky.

Hi Ferran, a great and masterpiece job here indeed. Perfect shot of this in-flight beauty.
TFS and cheers,

You did just perfect, all itens heve best quality, comnposition, sharpness, colours, light and the fantastic blue sky.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:34]

Hello Ferran,
Just look at how streamlined this bird is, incredible. This is another extremely good in flight Ferran, thank you.

amazing capture Ferran !
perfect sharp , wonderful colours and fine details , beautiful contrast ,
very well done !

Hello Ferran,
Nicely done Gannet in flight. Technically excellent. For instance the sharpening without halo and the focus which provides a sharp image through an accurate aperture X shutter speed.

hello Ferran
Great Shot !! excellent sharpness and details of this gannet
the white subjekt stand out very nively from the wonderful blue sky
very well done

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-18 16:55]

Timing, exposure, and composition are all just excellent. Gary

hello Ferran

a superb take-off/in-flight photo of the Northern Gannet
shot with a fine POV, excellent sharpness and details,
the wings and tail's position gives the impression of the speed
la pose des ailes et de la queue donne l'impression de la vitesse du vol,



Hello Ferran

Wonderful contrast between the blue sky and white plumage.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Great job.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-19 1:01]

Hello Ferran,
Wonderful photo of this Gannet in flight taken in a perfect timing. Very beautiful light and clear colours. Fantastic sharp details. Excellent diagonal composition. The contrast against the blue sky is splendid.

Amazing capture of the Gannet in flight.

I like the composition, the sharpness, excellent lighting and beautiful blue sky.

Hello Ferran,
Superb in-flight shot, sharpness is really impressive
Very well done

Hello Ferran,
This is a really an amazing capture specially with a little focal.
I do this for garden bird, not in flight.
Your Morus bassanus has fine details and good exposition.
Very well done

Una gran fotografia Ferran. Encara que es blanqueta del tot, has controlat gairebé al 100% el color, aemes captant tambè les fines textures de le plomes. Dinamisme, al semblar que té moviment, en part degut al bon enquadrament del au. Molt bona documentació tb, el traductor fa meravelles jeje.
Salutacions: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 11:58]

Hello Ferran,
A very nice in-flight capture of a Northern Gannet taken from a fine POV with great sharpness and well exposed against the blue sky in a superb composition.
Well done and thanks for sharing this excellent shot.
Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-19 16:13]

Woow .Every day a great surprise,and what a top class pic! A very professional work,my best compliments,2 points are not enough,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ferran,

Excellent in flight shot of this gannet. I like the stretch and how you framed it in tact sharp focus. Top class image against the blue sky. Well done and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-20 2:55]

Hi Ferran,
its beautiful. Superbs clarity and the pose is very brilliant. the angle of its diagonal composition is superbs. i was wondering the aerodynamicity, the perfect creation.
Superbs presentation.



You've done a wonderful job with this in-flight shot. The lighting, details, POV and wing pose is just right. Very nicely done. TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-09-25 21:59]

Hi Ferran,
Not an easy photo to capture however you have done this with absolute perfection. Striking contrast between bird and the BG. You have also captured intense detail on the gannet.Well done and TFS.

Beautiful in flight capture.Lighting,framing,exposure and details are wonderful. Very sharp and clear. well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Ferran,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Northern Gannet in flight. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


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