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Australasian Gannet

Australasian Gannet
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-02 9:52
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Points: 32
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Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Maori Name: Takapu

Other names: Takupu, Toroa-haoika, Australian Gannet, Solan Goose, Diver.

Identification: 90 cm (35 in.). Spindle-shaped body, clearly delineated black and white plumage and long narrow wings clearly distinguish the gannet from any other seabirds in our waters.

Similar species: Unlikely to be confused with any other species except for possibly the Masked Booby Sula dactylus but this bird lacks the gannet's golden-yellow head and is somewhat smaller.

Range: In coastal waters throughout the country. Juveniles disperse to waters off south-east Australia, returning permanently to New Zealand when adults.

Status: Common.

Where to see: Three easily accessible mainland colonies at Muriwai, Cape Kidnappers and Farewell Spit. Also often seen from boats in coastal waters, particularly in the North Island.

Notes: Flocks above schooling fish indulging in spectacular diving displays

The above obtained from http://www.natureandco.co.nz/land_and_wildlife/wildlife/seabirds/gannet.php


Camera: Canon 1D Mk lll
Time of day: 17:31 p.m.
Date: 2nd January 2008
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/800
F-Stop: F/9
Focal Length: 400mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-02 9:55]

Hi Pam. What a good inflight shot of the beautiful bird. your timing was spot on. fine detail and natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

All the best for 2008

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-02 9:58]

Hello Pam,
great in-flight capture of this magnificent bird!
sharpness and DOF are excellent, nice composition
regards, Dejan

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-01-02 10:30]

Hello Pam,

Very nice picture. Very good POV and DOF. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours. Gannet is such a beautiful bird!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-02 10:44]

Hi Pam,

First of all the best wishes for 2008 and I hope it will be a photogenic year,This is for me as a sailor a common sight as they are as well quite common in the europe area,I like the diagonal in this compo and the colors and details are good,tfs


hi and happy new year
perfect capture of this amazing animal
beautiful composition

best wishes

aleks ;-)

Hi Pam,
that's fantastic - so sharp, such a perfect moment. This bird is so pretty.
I wish you all the best for 2008, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-02 12:23]

Hola Pam,
espléndida captura,
bello pov, excelente foco
y color...

Hi Pam,
Nice inflight work, great exposure even with the bird going away from the sunlight.
Well composed, nice POV..
This Gannet looks beautiful with it's full wing spread form :)
PS - Just me, but I would've shot faster, and at a somewhat higher ISO.

Bonsoir Pam,
Très belle lumière sur les ailes blanches. Le flou en arrière plan est très artistique.Très bonne composition!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-01-03 0:58]

Wow beautiful inflight shot!!
TFS in all aspects.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-03 1:24]

Hello Pam!

All the best for you in 2008!

Wow, what a shot! I love high POV, perfect composition and frame. Excellent start of 2008!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-05 7:03]

Hello Pam, that's a very good inflight shot, the DOF is just perfect, the movement is frozen and the details are very sharp, you've managed very well the exposure too, well done, thanks !


Hello Pam,
Good in flight. Nice composition.
Well done

Wow, Pam - how ever did you get this shot??? I am in awe! What amazing detail - I can almost reach out and touch it! Great against the blurred bg of the sea. Wonderful - and a gorgeous bird! Penny

Hi Pam

These images of pelagic birds, are to me the most captivating to look at! You have captured the sense of serene motion beautifully.

Thanks for sharing!

Wow Pam,
This is a great shot what a POV, must have been on a cliff top or something, excellent detail and stunning colours, really like the soft focus sea background, beautiful work :) Cheers Rick ...

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