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Puffins always look very serious, so it was amusing to see this one pulling a face. His mate looks quite horrified.

Taken on a recent trip to Inner Farne, amazing how close you can get to the birds - this is only a slight crop on a 200mm lens.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:"Pull Yourself Together"
Username:Martin54 Martin54
Uploaded:18 May 2010 - 12:42 PM
Tags:Farne islands, Humour / fun, Inner farne, Northumberland, Puffin, Sea, Seabirds, Wildlife / nature
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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 8130 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
18 May 2010 - 12:48 PM

Wonderful expressions on there faces, the one watching looks most disapproving. Well caught. Val

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 12:53 PM

You wanna Fly buddy?
Then earn them wings!
Terrific timing and subject ~ Exceptional wild life
Rick

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piotrus33
piotrus33  3 England
18 May 2010 - 1:13 PM

cool

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Jalapeno
Jalapeno  4127 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 1:18 PM

nice capture!

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finepetportraits

What a fantastic shot! Smile

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Imagephotographics

What a great shot !

Chris

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agingrocker
agingrocker e2 Member 5agingrocker vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 1:48 PM

Excellent timing and superb detail
Antony

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PauloNascimentoPhotography

superb wildlife capture, wonderful image, well done!
Paulo

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jeronius
jeronius  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 2:01 PM

Amazing shot, and superb viewed big.
Jerry

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pankaj_dutta
18 May 2010 - 2:07 PM

Lovely shot, super composition.

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franken
franken e2 Member 112917 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 2:17 PM

Excellent!

Ken

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 4Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
18 May 2010 - 4:14 PM

Wonderful shot Martin.
Brian

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PeelNStick
18 May 2010 - 4:50 PM

This is a fantastic scene. To the 'shortlist' with this one...

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NicolaCariad
18 May 2010 - 5:44 PM

Brilliant! Nice to see one of them having a funny moment as well! Am really looking forward to finally going to the Farnes this year, even though I've got Skomer on my doorstep Smile

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 5:59 PM

Beautiful image and a wonderful title mad me smile thankyou
Alexa

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Martin54
Martin54 e2 Member 8490 forum postsMartin54 vcard United Kingdom
18 May 2010 - 5:59 PM

Thanks for all your coments - much appreciated.
Martin

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 7:27 PM

fantastic!!!! love the pose captured here, so well timed and the detail is spot onx xx

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 7:49 PM

and amazing shot

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Martin54
Martin54 e2 Member 8490 forum postsMartin54 vcard United Kingdom
18 May 2010 - 7:58 PM

Wow, my first EC - thanks Pete & the team, over the moon with that.
Martin

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 8:30 PM

Absolutely Fabulous !! What a wonderfully captured image and a well deserved EC...Lovely shot

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LukeParkinson
19 May 2010 - 12:25 PM

Very good capture. Well done on the EC

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paulett
paulett  4 United Kingdom
21 May 2010 - 3:36 PM

great capture.. i wanted to get a shpt of a puffin last weekend at bampton cliffs..but I only saw one and it was too far away...maybe next time.

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deavilin
deavilin  9322 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2010 - 6:29 PM

Super shot if I get anywhere near as good as this when I go next month I will be well pleased, did you find that the 70-200 was long enough or did you wish you had taken a longer lens with you?

Congrats on the EC well doneSmile

Charlotte

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Martin54
Martin54 e2 Member 8490 forum postsMartin54 vcard United Kingdom
22 May 2010 - 7:09 PM

Hi Charlotte,
The 70-200 was good for pair of puffins like this (thats on a D300 so equivalent to 300mm), but for individual birds it was a bit short. I took my 1.7x tc, but its no always the best combination sharpness wise, although I did use it a few times. On Inner Farne you can get really close to shags & gullimots and the 70-200 was ideal for those. There will be more birds about when you go - we were there early May, so not so many around.

Martin

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deavilin
deavilin  9322 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2010 - 7:45 PM

Thanks Martin I might put the 80-400 in the bag along with the D300 + the 70-200 and leave the D700 at homeSmile

Thanks again for your reply Smile

Charlotte

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HP1485 e2 Member 6HP1485 vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2010 - 10:27 AM

Wonderful capture and congratulations to being one of the Editor's choice photographs - thank you for sharing. Sue

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ducatirider
27 May 2010 - 12:11 PM

My wife's favourite bird, beautifully caught. Well done on the editors choice - Paul

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