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Gannet *100th post*

Gannet *100th post*
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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: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-13 0:46
Viewed: 3485
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 100th post to TN.

An adult Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve. Handheld shot with Canon 1D MKIII with 400mm DO and 1.4x Extender.

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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Hi, Pekka,

congrats on your 100th post : ) an excellent capture of this beautiful Gannet. the background blends extremely well with the subject. it looks like a painting to me! thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-13 3:43]

Hej Pekka,
Congratulations on reaching 100 already! Excellent and fitting capture of this proud-looking Gannet. It looks really great there by the cliffside and details are really sharp and colours beautiful. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-13 4:07]

Hi Pekka,

Congratulation for reaching the 100th post with wery good appreciation from TN comunity.

Your photo is a very good portret of the bird, showing well all it's details. Image is of a very high quality with clear sharp details. Nice way of using the existing light and rendering smooth color tones.


Hi Pekka... love this bird... just a great composition. The background is as good as the bird!!.. fine detail and excellent colouration.

Hej Pekka,

Well done on your 100th post. Even the bird looks proud. Nice and sharp with good detail on the feathers.


Hello Pekka,

Superb sharp picture of this gannet. Excellent composition, light and colours. I could only see one Gannet this summer and the bird came very close to the beach.
Congrats for your 100th post! You do always, in my opinion, pictures of a great quality.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-13 12:31]

Hi Pekka. Well thats gone by fast. congratulations on 100 postings. You have brought us many fine picture of birds in a short time. Today is a first class close up of Gannet. Very good detail inthe feathers and head with natural looking colours. well done TFS keep them coming.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-13 12:49]

Hello Pekka,
Congratulations on your 100th post. I have enjoyed viewing your fine bird images and look forward to seeing many more!
This portrait of a Gannet is superb with its sharpness taken from a fine POV and is excellent to mark the occasion.
TFS this beauty,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-13 14:40]

Hi Pekka,nothing better to celebrate the 100th post! It's one of your best pics,i never seen this gannet,incredible quality of colors and details and very nice background too,my best best compliments,and now others 100..ehehe...have a nice day and thanks for your work,Luciano

hello Pekka

congratulations on your 100th post,
ansd WOW ! wath a superb close-up shot of this Gannet,
fine POV, DOF and vertical framing, excellent sharpness and details,
i love the bird's expression on his glance, TFS


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-14 5:09]

Hello Pekka, Congratulations on your 100th Post and wish many more to come. This is a very good shot and looking at the eye contact of the bird, even it is proud to have your 100th Post. Well done and TFS Ganesh

Congratulations on #100! This is a wonderfully sharp and well exposed image Pekka. Gannets are among my most favorite birds. I love the markings and the sleekness of them. You captured all the detail. I keep wanting to straighten the image up but I suspect he was actually standing at an angle. It makes me nervous but I guess birds are better equipped than the rest of us for dealing with cliffs and falls!!!!!!! : )

TFS and I'm sure we are all looking forward to the next 100!

Evelynn : )

Ciao Pekka,
congratulazioni per la tua 100th su TN, una splendida cattura di Sula in una bellissima postura, eccellenti POV e composizione nell'habitat tipico, straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-15 20:42]

Congratulations of your 100th Pekka.
Very good closeness with this gannet. So crisp and sharp, and it is interesting to see the green lines on its feet

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-17 23:11]

Merhaba Pekka,
Bu kare oldukça ilgi çekici ve güzel. Aynı zamanda 100. postanız olması dolayısıyla tebrik ederim. Eline sağlık.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-19 22:41]

Hi Pekka

I am back - sorry for the absence. Great shot and excellent 100th posting. Great pose and detail - eye and feet especially.


Congratulation for century and all the beautiful pictures.

Hello Pekka,
I really like the composition and color on this shot. The background grass forms an excellent backdrop to show the gannet to full advantage. The contrast would be much less dramatic against the rock surface.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-08-20 19:16]

Hello Pekka,
Exquisite image you choose here for your 100th post, congratulations for this milestone and all your fine images.
Keep them coming.

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