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Northern Gannet


Northern Gannet
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Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 85mm 1.8 USM
Exposure: f/1.8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 9:06
Viewed: 3128
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
“Northern Gannet” is the name of this photograph taken at the Rooms, our new historic and cultural center.
Some information on this beautiful seabird, taken from Wikipedia -the free encyclopedia, is contained below:
Gannets are seabirds in the family Sulidae, closely related to the boobies.
The gannets are large black and white birds, with long pointed wings and long bills. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic, with a wingspan of up to 2 meters. The other two species occur in the temperate seas around southern Africa and southern Australia and New Zealand.
Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater. Gannets have a number of adaptations which enable them to do this:
they have no external nostrils;
they have air sacs in their face and chest under their skin which act like bubble-wrap, cushioning the impact with the water;
their eyes are positioned far enough forward on their face to give them binocular vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately.
Gannets can dive from a height of 30 m, achieving speeds of 100 km/h as they strike the water, enabling them to catch fish much deeper than most airborne birds.
The gannet's supposed capacity for eating large quantities of fish has led to "gannet" becoming a disapproving description of somebody who eats excessively, similar to "glutton".
I can remember a few occasions during meal time where this description may have referred to me. Like the gannets, I love to eat!
The following parameters were used to take this photo:
The Shutter speed 1/320
F- Stop 1.8
ISO 1600
Focal length 85 MM
This is one of the many exhibits at the Rooms, a place well worth visiting on your visit to historic St. John’s.


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