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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, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 640, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 5:06
Viewed: 5666
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Gannets 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.

Argus, ellis49, nglen, eng55, jaycee, falke, siggi, crs, caroze, boreocypriensis, SelenE, rousettus, CeltickRanger, eqshannon, Adanac has marked this note useful
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excellent capture pekka. you got the right moment. really nice shot of this bird going to fly. the composition is also nice and i like the natural colors.tfs.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-30 5:26]

Hello Pekka,
what a great momment,
great capture and perspective.
Good colour and sharpness.
Thank you
Have a wonderful New Year

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-30 5:40]

Hello Pekka,
Great capture with a fine title of a Gannet leaving its nesting shelf.
Excellent composition, POV and sharpness of the gannets against the cliff.
Kind regards,

Hello Pekka,

Great capture with an excellent timing. Superb composition with the cliff in the background. Excellent sharpness and superb colours.

Hi Pekka,
a nice and well exposed picture with lovely colours and light.
You have captures a good action, the sharpness and details are fine. Well composed with good POV.
Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-30 6:36]

Hi Pekka. This is a first class close up of this elegant bird. It has beautiful colours around the head area. Fine detail in both birds. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

A happy new Year to you .

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-30 6:43]

Hi Pekka,
Magnificent capture.POV,moment you caught,details and composition are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-12-30 8:44]

Wow, what a photo. It seems that you also were flying here... ;o)

I love the composition and the strange angle.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-30 8:47]

Hi Pekka,

Perfect title for this shot of the Gannet leaving home. Your timing was excellent and you captured the moment perfectly. They are such beautiful birds and you have captured the beauty. Their faces look hand painted. The wings are magnificent. Fantastic colors and details of both. You have another winner with this one.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-30 10:32]

Hello Pekka,
A very nice post. Fantastic capture. Great pose, composition and excellent exposure on the whites showing nice detail. Well presented and good note.
Have a great New Year 2009.Regards Siggi

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-30 11:00]

Hello Pekka,

What an astonishing photo you have made! You have chosen a very fine moment to take this photo. Moreover you have got an extremly sharp image despite the quick movment of the bird. The nice looking background enhaces even more the feeling of sharpness birds are giving to the viewer.

Thank you for sharing and I wish you a Happy New Year,

Excellent capture of action! The two look like intertwinned by their nest. Thanks a lot, CarOze

Great "action" photo with the movement well frozen. I like the tight frame, and the look of the gannet that's off to work - it looks straight in to the corner of the picture giving it quite a dynamic feel.

Ciao Pekka, splendid action shoot with lovely couple, great capture with fine details and excellent sharpness,
I like a lot

Hi Pekka, a great capture of this pair of Gannets my friend! Excellent timely action shot with wonderful clarity!
Have a great New Year in all around!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-30 14:20]

Hi Pekka,
Very good action shot taken with a good timing. Background, POV and details look so nice. TFS
All the best,

Wonderful capture, Pekka. Superb timing and focus. POV and composition also great. Thanks for sharing. I wish you a Happy New Year, best wishes

hello Pekka

excellent timing from you to shoot the image at that moment,
with beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Very quick and agile looking image..I was confounded a bit by the angles...it actually took a bit for me to get my perspective....and left me wondering at how you manage in such images.... then after all is said and done, it comes out perfect? wow guy..what luck...go get a pint and put it on my tab!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-30 20:14]

Hello Pekka,
Great timing on this splendid image of the launch off the nesting shelf. This is such a beautiful species and you have captured it superbly. Thank you Pekka.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-31 5:25]

Hello Pekka,
Fantastic moment and a perfect timing. Excellent sharp details and very beautiful natural colours. Great POV and composition.
A very good and healthy 2009,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-31 17:01]

Hi Pekka,
a superb shot of these two Gannets.
Great timing.
Excellent sharpness.
Great poses.

Very well done and Happy New Year!


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