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Gannet in flight

Gannet in flight
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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, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/11, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 3:09
Viewed: 13781
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Gannet in flight at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Gannet (Morus bassanus)

In: Northern Gannet Ca: Mascarell Da: Sule De: Basstölpel Es: Alcatraz atlántico Fi: suula Fr: Fou de Bassan It: Sula Nl: Jan van Gent No: Havsule Pt: Ganso-patola Sv: Havssula US: Northern Gannet Ru: Северная олуша

Gannets have a variety of plumages, from the dark speckled brown juveniles to the immaculate, almost white, adults with various brown and white plumages in between. At all ages though Gannets can be told by their unique shape with long bodies, pointed at both ends, and impressively long, pointed wings enabling them to fly quickly, but effortlessly, with long glides.

Breeds on rocky islands and cliffs. Winters in coastal and off-shore waters.

Catch fish by spectacular plunge-diving. Flying birds close their wings making their whole body streamlined like an arrow which dives head-first into the water. Moments later the bird returns to the surface, often with a large fish struggling in its mouth.

Many adults are present in northern waters throughout the winter, but most move south after breeding to winter between the Bay of Biscay and the coast of western Africa.

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hello pekka,
what a fine capture of the bird in flight, the pov looks so special to me as if you were flying above this gannet, i sea at the bg offers good contrast, liked the composition very much,
excellent shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-14 3:48]

Hi Pekka,
wonderful capture. very well done.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Pekka
the deep blue sea affords a nice contrast for this bird
the focus is perfect
very pleasant result

Hi Pekka,
Excellente capture of this mascarell, wonderful pic. Very good composed with a sea BG.
TFS. Best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-14 5:34]

Hej Pekka,
Fantastic capture of this Gannet in flight taken from above. Great focus on all parts and beautiful colours that stand out from the lovely blue/green colour of the sea.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-14 5:58]

Hello Pekka,
Not often we see an in-flight shot of a Gannet taken from above!
This is a great capture taken froma great dorsal POV with good sharpness, lighing and excellent colour contrast with the emrald blue of the North Sea below Bempton Cliffs.
A fine shot and TFS!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-01-14 7:03]

Hello Pekka,
Splendid colours and choice of POV. I wish that here were larger size for your photo.
Best regards, Pawel.

hello Pekka

excellent photography of the Gannet shot with a very fine
POV from above, alose very framing, great sharpness
and details of the bird, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-14 12:03]

Hello Pekka,
For me the marvelous composition makes this photo. Great contrasting colours and a special POV. Very good sharpness and BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-14 12:53]

Hi Peeka. I am never to sure how you manage to get some of you pictures. This one looks like you were fly with the bird itself. Very well taken a first class inflight picture of the beautiful bird. With such rich colours. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-14 14:36]

Hi Pekka,

Wow! This Gannet in flight is truly spectacular. He is in a perfect pose as he soars over the water with the wings spread wide showing off the magnificent brown, white and yellow. Razor sharp details of the beautiful face and wings. A marvelous diagonal composition.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-14 17:28]

This is really a terrific shot -- very sharp and the exposure of the whites is very good. Gary

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-14 17:35]

Hello Pekka,
An excellent in flight from an unusual angle. The water color of the background is beautiful, as are the details. Great work Pekka, thank you.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 12:54]

Excellent shot of this Gannet!
Superb pose.
Great DOF.
Brilliant light.

Very well done,

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