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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: 2008-02-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-27 12:05
Viewed: 4728
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seems to be run on gannet chicks and juveniles from Muriwai at the moment. So here is my effort.

Taken with a 300mm lens and 1.4TC all mounted on a monopod. Image is full frame with no cropping

Thanks for looking

Australasian Gannet
Morus serrator

The fluffy chick looks like a white ball of soft cotton at a month of being in the wild and it will not leave its mother's side until after 100 days or so. As you can see, the adult Australasian Gannet takes very good care of her young chick by cleaning and feeding it.

The Australasian Gannet chick will not have the distinct markings like its mother until it reaches maturity around its fifth birthday. The Australasian Gannet breeds in the Cape Kidnappers colony of NZ where each chick hatches after about 44 days. This chick will not be able to breed itself until it reaches six or seven years of age. This particular species of sea bird has one of the longest lifespans and usually reaches an average age of between 25-38.

Source: www.hickerphoto.com

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-27 23:18]

Hi Paul

Great POV and wonderful detail - I especially like the eye. You have also nailed the exposure very well.


Hello Paul,
Good photo from this fluffy chick.
Well done again..

Didn't see this one before Paul.
A great capture,perfect exposure,awesome detail.
Very nice work.

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