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A few weeks ago I had a great opportunity to go on a landing trip to Bass Rock, which is the largest single island gannet colony in the world.
After climbing up many steps, and through much grime and 'guano' covering those steps we got to walk alongside all the breeding birds there.
I was extremely lucky when my friend spotted this couple fencing, which is a courtship behaviour that the breeding birds carry out throughout the breeding season. So I quickly seased the opportunity to photograph this excellent behaviour.
I've entered this photo in the BBC countryfile competition, hope it does well.
Hope you like it too.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:100-400 f5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Fencing Gannet's
Username:Phil32 Phil32
Uploaded:5 Sep 2010 - 11:53 PM
Tags:Bass rock, Courting gannets, Gannet, Morus bassanus, Wildlife / nature
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photophantom
5 Sep 2010 - 11:54 PM

seeing double, excellent

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 12:09 AM

What a marvellous experience getting out to the Bass Rock....I used to see it every day when we holidayed in Lower Largo in Fife. This is an excellent shot of the two birds fencing...and you have captured it at just the right moment and from the right POV to give this almost symmetrical image. Great stuff.
Ronnie.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 12:18 AM

Exquisite {A++} capture & image rendering of this pair of lovely Gannets. The focus, feather detail, & color is spectacular. Great work with the 40D. Regards...LEx

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 8873 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 12:24 AM

absolutely stunning
neil

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BobFancy
BobFancy  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 12:37 AM

Wonderful shot the colours and the symetry are really good. Best of luck with the competition.

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kazzy1963
kazzy1963  5 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 1:05 AM

beauitfull images kaz

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debu
debu  4 India
6 Sep 2010 - 1:14 AM

Lovely image.
debu

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 7:07 AM

Nice symmetry Phil with excellent focus and detail
Rick

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 7:52 AM

Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!

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MikeH
MikeH  9217 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 8:28 AM

I knew this would be a stunning behavioural image Phil and so detailed.
A cracking shot and deserving of a badge me thinks, good luck with the comp,
Mike

Last Modified By MikeH at 6 Sep 2010 - 8:28 AM

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 10:55 AM

Lovely, well-timed shot,
Tony

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franken
franken e2 Member 113059 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 11:27 AM

Excellent capture.

Ken

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Imagephotographics

Excellent capture

Chris

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 1:32 PM

A super capture Phil and fingers crossed for you with the comp

LesF

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 - 3:33 PM

Excellent capture.

Tim

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2010 - 5:08 PM

lovely detail, love the way they rub bills.it looks like a cloning smudge by the throat of the one on the right.lesley

Last Modified By cassiecat at 6 Sep 2010 - 5:10 PM

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