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Australasian Gannet

Australasian Gannet
Photo Information
Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-300XR, Hoya UV 62mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gannets Of The World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 4:08
Viewed: 6276
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australasian Gannet (Morus Serrator, Takapu)

- Wingspan up to 180 cm
- Overall length 90 cm
- A single egg is laid around September/October/November
- Incubation time about 44 days
- Chicks stay in the colony until February/March
the birds then migrate to Australia, returning after 2-6 years

It is said that (after weeks of furious flapping of wings on land) the first flight of the juvenile birds takes them to their destination more than 2000 km away.

More information on the Gannets at Muriwai Beach can be read here.

Image Information

Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:24 a.m.
Weather conditions: Very overcast grey day
Lens: Tamron 28 - 300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
F-Stop: F/8
Flash: No
Tripod: No
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 400

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  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-03 4:41]

Just beautiful. Superb composition and sky.

Lovely capture, great details.
What about a large post?

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-03 4:52]

Excellent shot Pam. Just superb. TFS.

Simpley very nice capture.
I think it would of made a good wide picture by extending the width of the frame.

Lovely capture...I think these are one of the prettiest of the sea birds and hope to see a Northern Gannet ( that's what we have in this hemisphere ) with my own eyes someday. My only nit with this image is I think I would have liked to see a little more room under the Gannet. Well done.

You did a great capture here Pam.
I have self try to made a good photo of a flying bird, so I know how differcult it is,Great sharpnes and a fantastic dof in the shot, great job

Great Pam.
I'm very found of flying birds, this is a very good one.
Great sharpness, composition and colours.
Agree with Philip about a large post.
Very well done.

Very striking shot, I like it, especially the outstretched wing with the curling feathers on the end.

Very very nice Pam. Love the horizontal framing on this one. Accurate DOF and good detail on the bird. Well done.

Great capture Pam. The blurred cloudy sky in the background is fantastic. Very good position of the bird in the frame. These gannets are a little bit different from our Northern Gannet: black feathers on the wings.

Firstly, all the best for 2005, Pam. I have missed some of yur shots. I have been away from the site for a while and have a weeks vacation left so I might drop of the radar again.

This photo is one of your best. The in-flight action absolutely stunning. The pose, sky and beautifull critter all comes together to make this an exceptional post. Very well done.

Pam, Wonderful shot.. Looks almost as if the Gannets rt wing is pointing the way...Well done!

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-03 15:50]

Wow Pam - This is your best yet!! Incredible composition and the sharpness is excellent.

I wish this shot was mine!

  • Great 
  • sev Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 0] (56)
  • [2005-01-03 16:09]

i really like the atmosphere of this photo
very good work pam !

Besides been a technically very good image, I find it very artistic and relaxing. The lights showing perfectly the tones of the bird and the beautiful BG makes this shot special. Nice post, I agree with the Large Post possibility. Thanks.

Beautiful capture of yet another birdie which is high up my wish list ;-)) Sharp capture, the whites of the bird nicely exposed.

10 out 10 Pam. Excellent work

Excellent "in flight" shot. Good notes on photographic technique in your notes.

Hello Pam

I simply don't understand how I missed this one. The composition is perfect and the effect with the b/w water and the colours on the bird is just great. Good sharpness and well handled light.

Oh wow. So incredibly sharp! That must have been difficult with the bird in full flight.

I like how you managed to offset the bird clearly against the background while both are light and whitish. The bird could have easily fallen away against the background, but because the pic is so sharp, it doesn't. Very nicely done, TFS.

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  • Auoui (7)
  • [2007-01-09 20:29]

Great photo! Fantastic quality. I like the whole series.

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