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Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet
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Copyright: Stefan Kardos (stevkds) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 11 N: 411] (1811)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1 D MK III, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-20 15:09
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana) is a seabird and is the largest member of the gannet family, Sulidae.
Young birds are dark brown in their first year, and gradually acquire more white in subsequent seasons until they reach maturity after five years.

Adults are 81-110 cm (32-43 in) long, weigh 2.2-3.6 kg (4.8-7.9 lbs) and have a 165-180 cm (65-71 in) wingspan. Before fledging, the immature birds (at about 10 weeks of age) can weigh more than 4 kg (8.8 lbs). Their plumage is white with black wing tips. The bill is light bluish. The eye is light blue, and it is surrounded by bare, black skin. During breeding, the head and neck are brushed in a delicate yellow.

from: wikipedia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-20 21:16]

Hello Stefan,
A fine capture of a pair of Gannets displaying pair-bond behaviour at their nest. The lighting, POV and technical quality are top class and the composition great against the dark sea BG.
An excellent shot!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Stefan,

Simply outstanding.
Top drawer and my favorite.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-21 9:09]

Hi Stefan.
It is great by impressiveness of subject shot. You managed to captured an amazing scene. Poses of the lovely birds are amazing. It is difficult to imagine more beautiful dance. Warm colours, ultimate details an composition are simply outstanding. Bravo. Perfect work.

Hi Stefan,

Great picture. Nothing to add. Good job.


oh wow, i always forget that there are gannets on helgoland, maybe i should dare to take the boat trip there once too.
excellent capture of the two pretty bird being close to each other. sharpness and details are great, love the poses and the
warm light. well done & take care, thor.

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