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Australasian Gannet

Australasian Gannet
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Copyright: Paul Kettel (pauljk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-200mm VR, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-29 1:45
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gosh its a long time between posts. Happy New Year to you all.

Thanks for looking.


There are three gannet species worldwide, all with adults similar in appearance. The juveniles of the three species are indistinguishable. The northern gannet (Morus bassanus) is a North Atlantic bird which does not venture into southern waters. The African Cape gannet (Morus capensis) appears infrequently in Australian waters. It is recognised by the long black stripe on its throat and a completely black tail. The Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) is found in Australian and New Zealand waters.

With its 2-metre wingspan, golden head and dramatic plunging dives, the white Australasian gannet is an easily identified seabird. Adult gannets are about the size of a goose, with black-tipped wings, black central tail feathers and a strong, conical blue-grey beak. Juvenile birds look quite different. In their first year they have speckled brown feathers on their upper body, and white undersides. Each year more white feathers appear on their backs, and the birds acquire their adult appearance by five years of age.

Source: www.teara.govt.nz

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hi paul
wonderful picture
amazing focus
perfect contrast and colors

aleks ;-)
best wishes

Hi Paul,

I love the sharpness of your photo. Great DOF and the shot speaks for itself.


Hi Paul,
Very beautiful composition of the image, with a wave and another bird in the bottom. Very succeeded. The colors and the focus are excellent. Thank you for this post and happy new year.

Why don't you post more great photos like this one????

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-12-29 3:07]

Hi Paul,
Happy New Year to you!
This is a great shot, especially with the shadow of the second bird on the right. The sharpness is amazing..

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-29 3:56]

Bonjour Paul,

Bravo pour cette superbe prise les détails sont extras et les couleurs naturelles.
Merci et bonne année.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-29 9:07]

Hi Paul,
Very good, well focused and sharp in-flight capture of this gannet with a good exposure handling over the white plumage. I also liked the bacground a lot, the second bird and that huge wave look great. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Paul,

Great picture of this gannet. Very nice composition. Very good focus and great natural colours.


Hello Paul,
Colourful image with a colourful bird:-).
I like colour of the 'blue' sea in the background.
Blurred Gannet is not distracting here IMhO; often the opposite is the truth, once again IMhO.
Happy 2008!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-29 10:28]

Hello Paul,
What a splendid capture of this Gannet in flight! Very impressive sharp focus and lovely sharp details. I like the big wave beyond and a second Gannet. Wonderful colours too. Brilliant!
MAny thanks and Happy New Year, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-29 10:32]

Hi Paul,
I love this kind of shots: in-flight from above.
And I love gannets with their orange heads and blue eyes. A wonderful capture with impressive sharpness.
Happy 2008 to you and your family.

Excellent shot of this lovely bird while fliying.Sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-29 16:19]

Hi Paul,
fantastic picture, bird is caught perfectlly, and the POV is great, perfect presentation of this magnificent bird
great work

Hi Paul,
Beautiful capture of this Gannet in flight
So sharp and colorful
Fine composition, TFS

Hello Paul,

A fabulous focus. Your POV is good and the BG also. Colors are natural. Very impressive sharp focus and lovely sharp details. You take this shot with this birds in here own enviroment. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Regards and TFS BOB

Hi Paul,

Beautifully sharp detail as usual, like the blurred oof bg.
Happy New year,


Hi Paul,
Beautiful inflight the exposure is really nice, again I must say that your gannet images are spectacular and very pleasing to view. I hope your doing great, I haven't been watching TN to much lately. TFS :)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-11 14:17]

Hi Paul,

Great inflight shot. Very sharp actionshot with soft colors. TFS.


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