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It was very windy this day and the crossing to Skomer was one of the most exciting I've ever experienced with lots of spray everywhere.

This puffin was flying fast into the wind and as you can see, it's feathers were all ruffled.

I somehow managed to get this one quite big in the frame, the tail was in the middle of the photo so I cropped a bit off the right and a little off top and bottom to improve composition, the left is as taken.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 VR2 +1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Jun 2012 - 1:42 PM
Focal Length:280mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Turbulence
Username:geoffrey baker geoffrey baker
Uploaded:20 Mar 2013 - 6:37 PM
Tags:Atlantic puffin, Avian, Bird, Flight, In flight, Puffin, Skomer, Wales, Wildlife / nature
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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 - 6:49 PM

Fantastic in-flight capture.

P.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 6:58 PM

Super capture
Ju

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96177 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 7:49 PM

A place I would love to visit

The one time I tried they refused to sail - a 8Mph NW was blowing at the timeSad

I gather the difficulty is disembarking on the Isle
Puffin shots always seem a tad more vibrant than those from the Farnes
The light I suppose

Adrian

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 7:59 PM

Thanks everyone Smile

Yes Adrian, if the wind is from a Northerly direction it's difficult to land on Skomer, the boat literally pushes it's bow against the cliff and you have to climb out onto the rocks.
The advantage that Skomer has over the Farn Islands, so I'm told, are the lovely variety of backgrounds that Skomer has to offer.
It's a fantastic place though and well worth a visit.
There's a Skomer blog on Facebook that sends you daily updates about weather conditions, bird sightings etc. well worth signing up for, it's free by the way.

Geoff.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 8:34 PM

Super image! Sharp and superbly captured!

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 9:07 PM

Superb inflight Puffin Geoffrey, you have done well to get that close and frame up
David

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Shotover
Shotover  1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 - 9:18 PM

Cracking shot

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 10:05 PM

Fantastic in flight capture!

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 - 10:46 PM

A fine capture.

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 11:51 PM

The wonder of photography is that if, at any point, you begin to feel self-satisfied, a quick look at the work of others soon gives you a reality check Smile This is bloomin' marvelous! I'll have a pint of what you're drinking, Geoffrey, m8!
Alun

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2013 - 9:31 AM

Thanks everyone Smile
Thank you Zoran for your User Award Smile

Thanks Alun, this is one of a burst of 3 or 4 shots that were in focus and large in the frame, most of the others were either a bit further away or a bit blurred.
It's very difficult when they're flying past you at great speed, just locking on and trying to keep the bird in the viewfinder is very frustrating, each pass is over in a split second and most of the time you can't even see where exactly the birds are coming at you from, they really are like bullets.
Luck has a lot to do with it and I got lucky this time Wink

Geoff.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2013 - 7:24 PM


Quote: A place I would love to visit

The one time I tried they refused to sail - a 8Mph NW was blowing at the timeSad

I gather the difficulty is disembarking on the Isle
Puffin shots always seem a tad more vibrant than those from the Farnes
The light I suppose

Adrian

What Tomcat failed to say is that he was there for two days and on the other occasion he attempted to get to Skomer he overslept after having a skinful of ale in one of the local hostelries the night before and failed to get there in time and saw the boat sailing off into the distance when he eventually arrived at the harbourside!WinkGrinTongue

I digress this is a fabulous inflight capture Geoff, I can almost feel the wind currents buffeting the bird!

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