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Fulmar in dive

Fulmar in dive
Photo Information
Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-05 7:00
Viewed: 4850
Points: 20
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A (Northern) Fulmar shot at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The two Fulmars are closely related seabirds occupying the same niche in different oceans. The Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), or just Fulmar lives in the north Atlantic and north Pacific, whereas the Southern Fulmar (F. glacialoides) is, as its name implies, a bird of the southern oceans. These birds look superficially like gulls, but are unrelated, and are in fact petrels. The northern species is grey and white with a yellow bill, 43-52 cm in length with a 101-117 cm wingspan. The southern form is a paler bird with dark wing tips, 45-50 cm long, with a 115-120 cm wingspan.

Two prehistoric species have been described from fossil bones found on the Pacific coast of California: Fulmarus miocaenus from the Middle and Fulmarus hammeri from the Late Miocene.

Both Recent species breed on cliffs, laying a single white egg. Unlike many small to medium birds in the Procellariiformes they are neither nocturnal breeders, nor do they use burrows;their eggs are laid on the bare rock or in shallow depressions lined with plant material. Nesting birds and chicks can eject an evil smelling stomach oil up to 2 m, which repels unwanted visitors. It will matt the plumage of avian predators, and can lead to their death. Northern Fulmars historically bred on St. Kilda, and spread into northern Scotland in the 19th century, and to the rest of the United Kingdom by 1930. For example, establishment of colonies at the Fowlsheugh Reserve in Scotland was one of the first areas to be developed for new permanent Fulmar breeding areas.

They are highly pelagic outside the breeding season, like most tubenoses, feeding on fish, oil or offal. Recent studies in the North Sea have shown them especially susceptible to plastic discards. The range of these species increased greatly last century due to the availability of fish offal from commercial fleets, but may contract because of less food from this source and climatic change. The population increase has been especially notable in the British Isles.

Like other petrels, their walking ability is limited, but they are strong fliers, with a stiff wing action quite unlike the gulls. They look bull-necked compared to gulls, and have short stubby bills. They are long-lived, with a lifespan of 40 years not uncommon.

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A very beautiful shot, Pekka.I've not seen a fulmar yet!
Very well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-05 9:32]

Hi Pekka,

A superb in-flight shot of a bird I have never seen. The position of the wings and tail feathers is beautiful. Wonderful facial view - he even has food in his beak. Nice natural colors and excellent details.


Hello Pekka
This is very impressive work considering you used a tripod..But I guess thats a must with the Sigma 500 prime..
The details are amazing and I love the tail feathers pointing up sending him down in his dive.
All the Best

Hi Pekka,

nice inflight picture from these bird with very good details.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-05 14:24]

Hi Pekka

Great action shot - good detail and colour.



Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful fulmar. Very nice flying action capture with excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-06 2:24]

Hello Pekka,
Wonderful sharp-detailed photo of this Fulmar in dive. Great timing. The POV and composition are excellent. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-06 4:45]

Hello Pekka, What a shot. The view is amazing and also the focus. Very sharp image. Ganesh

hello Pekka

WOW, superb close-up shot with very fine POV on the bird,
alos very framing, i love the POV from above showing
the excellent details of the wings and tail, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-06 13:08]

Now this is cool!
The eye-level POV is superb!
Excellent composition, great DOF, brilliant BG, good sharpness.

Very well done!


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