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I had a fantastic experience on Saturday photographing these beautiful birds from a boat at Grassholm Island, West Wales UK.

There were apparently over 39,000 breeding pairs crammed onto that tiny rock about 11 miles off the coast, I didn't count them myself though lol.

The boat sped along at 35 knots through choppy seas so it was worth going just for the ride, lots of sea spray everywhere.

This is just about full frame, I just rotated it slightly and cropped off the uneven edges.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 + 1.4x teleconverter
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jun 2013 - 9:21 AM
Focal Length:550mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Gannet
Username:geoffrey baker geoffrey baker
Uploaded:3 Jun 2013 - 5:01 PM
Tags:Avian, Bird, Gannet, Grassholm, Pembroke, Wales, Wildlife / nature
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bonniescot
bonniescot e2 Member 5bonniescot vcard United Kingdom
3 Jun 2013 - 5:02 PM

Great shot.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
3 Jun 2013 - 5:05 PM

This is an excellent image ! I would love an opportunity to spend photographing them as well Smile

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 5:25 PM

What a stunning bird, love its eye colours.........GrinGrinGrin great capture

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 5:46 PM

Super detailed photo with great lighting
Regards Brian

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achieverswales

Does the 39,000 include this one Geoff?, wonderful details and sharp eye, glad the weather was kind to you.

Regards

Trev.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2013 - 2:50 PM

What a superb image, great detail...well captured

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 6:34 AM

Beautifully detailed and exposed Geoff, you've caught this fine looking bird in some wonderfu warm light

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