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Gannet Looking to Land

Gannet Looking to Land
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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: 2008-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-02 22:36
Viewed: 3728
Points: 24
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Gannet Looking to Land

This photo was taken 1 second before the last photo I posted.

Gannets range widely in NZ seas during winter but return to their breeding sites around June / July.

Taking photos of Gannets in flight is NOT easy. I have already deleted MANY of the photos I took that day.

The Australasian Gannet is a large seabird of about 89cm and weighing nearly 2.5 kg. It is mainly white, with a buff yellow head, and black flight feathers.

The juvenile is spotted above [grey/brown] with brownish streaks below.

The adult plumage takes 3-5 years to develop.

Gannets feed mainly on small fish and some squid taken from deep waters or harbours and estuaries. These birds are plunge divers - they dive vertically from heights of up to 30m entering the water at tremendous speed. They have inflatable air sacs beneath the skin on the lower neck and breast that act as shock absorbers as they enter the water.

Dis. Ac., rcrick, eng55, Argus, red45, seafetish, ferranjlloret, cicindela, fiyo, uleko, bobcat08, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,

your my neighbour to day.
Nice capture from this flyig Gannet looking to land.
Good to seen how every bird has is own territorium.
Great details in the feathers.


Hi Janice,

Excellent capture of this Gannet in full flight showing its amazing wing span, stunning detail, beautiful colours, really nice work, all the best for 2009.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-03 1:41]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful post.Well seen and composed.I liked POV,framing and details also a lot.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-03 1:47]

Hello Janice,
I like the way you caught this Australian Gannet checking the situation before it lands. It is sharp enough compared to those nesting below for it to stand out and the composition withthe outspread wings is great.
TFS this nice one,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-03 3:26]

Hello Janice!

Another picture with my favourite dorsal POV. This Gannet looks like bomber :-) Very good composition with colony of bird on BG.

Ill again - my throat is burning and we've got -6C outside...

hi janice
this is a spectacular shot. i agree it stood out more than the previous one.
the bird is so beautiful.


Hi Janice, interesting series of this special bird. Good POV!
Best regards and TFS.

Hello Janice!
What an interesting picture taken from "bird view". I like this POV on the Gannets' colony. The flying bird is very sharp, and the composition nice for watching.
TFS and all the best in 2009!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-03 6:45]

Hello Janice,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-03 7:37]

Hello Janice,
I love seeing your Gannets and the one here in flight is superb with such a great wing span. Excellent focus and fine colours. I like the other ones forming a background.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Janice,

Another beautiful Gannet in flight picture. I like the unsharp gannets at the ground in totally with the razorsharp flying Gannet at the FG. This is a wonderful compo. Your POV is very good.

A beautiful view of this fantastic beautiful birds.

Best regards and TFS BOB

Hi Janice,
Most interesting comp in the book of Cheek :)
You nailed the gannet inflight with excellent DOF, details, color, and exposure..
Thank you & Well done!

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