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Takapu Greetings

Takapu Greetings
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-22 1:15
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australasian Gannet
Morus serrator
Maori Name: Takapu

I love watching these birds as they greet each other when one returns from fishing.

They display their affection by elaborately greeting each other in special rituals by caressing each other tenderly and performing affectionate greetings, like raising their heads skyward and tapping their bills together.

Then they twirl their necks around each other turning their heads to the right and then the left.

Gannet pairs may remain together over several seasons.

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Hi Janice,
this moment is wonderful, you are so happy to see such a couple in these beautiful poses.
Excellent shot, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-22 1:56]
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Hello Janice,
A lovely capture of these two affectionate birds! I like your composition and the fine details and colours.
See you on PBase from now on!
Thanks for all, cheers, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-22 2:25]

Hi Janice,what a fantastic moment to take the pic,this was perfect for S.Valentine..eheh...i like a lot the impressives details,great sharpness and colors,you manage very well the difficult light too,thanks for share,Luciano


What a tender picture. These are lovely birds and you have captured a very special moment. Since they are back lit a little, I like the light through the one wing. I wonder if a little fill flash would have brought out more detail on the darker side of the bird?

TFS - Bob

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-22 3:47]

Hello Janice,
This must be a great scene to look at.
Beautiful photo in natural colours and very good sharp details. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Janice,
Well done. Excellent capture of the pair with great details & POV.
TFS & regards Subhash

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-22 7:12]

Hello Janice,
Great timing to capture this wonderful moment! They certainly are hugging. The Gannets are lovely - the face is magnificent with excellent colors and details. I love it.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-23 4:08]

Hi Janice,
Very nice scane.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Kia Ora Janice,

A lovely capture of these two beautiful birds. Razorsharp, with natural colors. I like your compo.

Thanks for posting.

Greetings and TFS BOB

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