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Gannet Preening

Gannet Preening
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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: 2009-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 1:31
Viewed: 4943
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australasian Gannet
Morus serrator
Maori Name: Takapu

Gannets spend a great deal of time preening and often last up to an hour, going over the same parts of their body (i.e., wings, tail, head, body... ), as well as stretching their wings.

At Muriwai Gannet Colony we can look down on the birds from viewing platforms. We often see these amazing birds nesting, preening, flying and performing the famous recognition ritual ‘dance of the gannets’.

Gannet pairs may remain together over several seasons. They perform elaborate greeting rituals at the nest, stretching their bills and necks skywards and gently tapping bills together.

Gannets are plunge divers and spectacular fishers, plunging into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat squid and forage fish which school near the surface.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-17 1:36]

Hi Janice,
It's an artistic capture.I liked pose of Gannet,framing,details on white plumage,exposure and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

hello Janice
enchanting moment, very beautiful photo with splendid attribution of colors and details!
keep photographing! TFS

Hallo Janice
It is good to see you back as I missed your presence and valuable contributions on the site. You have captured this Gannet from very close range and the details seen are just so beautiful and eye-catching. The blue eyelid and the pure white feathers is a pleasure to look at, and the toffee colour head feathers looks so smooth and soft and create a feeling inside of me that I would love to stroke it in affection. Thanks for sharing. I do hope you are not going to stay away again this time for so long. Best regards.

Hello Janice! Good scene, good capture, nice lightness and brightness, very nice colours. Perfect exposure. Well done!

Hi Janice .
Almost an action photo very nice colours and details.
Cheers Dave

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-17 3:37]

Merhaba Janice,
bu çok güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş, tüy detayları ve pozlama çok başarılı.
Tebrik ederim.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-17 3:44]

Hello Janice
Nice close up taken with great details and natural colors

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-17 4:43]

Hello Janice,
Good to see a photo from you after a long time. Great photo in excellent sharpness and lovely details. The blue around the eye is an eyecatcher. Beautiful natural colours. Good choice of composition and POV.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2009-12-17 5:41]

Such a great capture.

hello Janice
super sharpness picture
great details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-17 11:39]

Hello Janice,
very interesting close up. The exposure is very nice,superb lighting. The details and tones are beaitiful, well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-17 16:01]

Hi Janice

Now isn't that just swell? For the second time today I have the opportunity to say
"Howdy" to a long lost friend. First Howard and now you. Seems like this Christmas
is really presenting us with some wonderful gifts. Welcome back stranger and now
don't go gallivanting all across New Zealand and forgetting about your friends here.
Consider that as a stern and final warning (chuckle).

I fancy this "high speed action" shot. You have captured excellent details in the birds
plumage and facial region. I just love how that blue eye seems to focus on the task
at hand. These preening moments always tend to be rather difficult shots to capture
in such a way that it makes sense for the eyes while still remaining photographically
sound as well. You did a great job.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-17 17:16]

Hola Janice.
First class photo. Just excellent and fine image. Great work.

Hi Janice,

Just beautiful, excellent composition, perfect exposure you've handled those whites really well, amazing detail, wonderful colours, a real winner :)

All the best for the christmas holidays, Cheers Rick :)

Lovely colors Janice, excellent exposure, and an interesting pose..
You gotta luv that eye detail too, a real "birds eye view" :)
Merry Christmas!!

Ciao Janice, beautiful portrait of wonderful bird in nice pose, great natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-27 7:29]

Hello Janice,
Nice to see a post from you again and a great close-up of a Gannet showing wonderful details of this beautiful bird! Great focus on the eye and lovely colours. A fine composition too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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