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Calving Glacier and Kittywakes

By rontear  
This was an awesome sight, sitting in an inflatable zodiac inside a glacial lagoon and then ... a calving of immense proportions !! The several thousand Kittywakes that were feeding in the meltwater river exploded into the air. We were placed infront of the glacier but far enough to only recieve a bow wave after this huge amount fell in !!! An event of a lifetime !

Tags: Glacier Wildlife and nature Calving Svalbad Kittywakes Arctic Ocean

Voters: Ade_Osman, taggart, Daisymaye and 41 more

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Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
30 Aug 2011 12:31AM
Great natural action shot here Ron......


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taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
30 Aug 2011 1:04AM
Thanks for the explanation-- WOW!
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
30 Aug 2011 1:06AM
Wow! This is amazing. A fabulous capture............Sandy
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
30 Aug 2011 8:05AM
a cracker Ron
such a dramatic sceene -EXCELLENT
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
30 Aug 2011 8:09AM
Wow, that's amazing Ron. Looks like it has the makings of a competition winner to me.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 8:27AM
The unpredictable power of nature. This is amazing.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
30 Aug 2011 8:45AM
It an amazing site and the sound is powerfull too. Good timing Ron
MalcolmM Plus
11 551 5 Scotland
30 Aug 2011 9:34AM
An amazing experience. Well timed image.
Superb, fantastic, unbelievably imaense, a sight of a lifetime Ron, wow factor times 10. Must have been quite scary as all that ice collapsed into the water. You just must get this one printed for the wall. Excellent action with all the birds flying off in panic.

30 Aug 2011 10:50AM
Incredible shot
Consulo 12 840 10 Scotland
30 Aug 2011 11:05AM
That's one hell of a capture.
sawsengee Plus
10 5 11 Malaysia
30 Aug 2011 11:08AM
a shot of a lifetime!......splendid visual & timing
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 1:46PM
That is sooo spectacular, and well done for having the presence of mind to press the button and not just sit there in awe (as I would have done!).
Now and again natures provides us with sights to treasure....Wonderful........Joe
maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 5:52PM
I would have been quaking in my shoes(boots?) as the waves swept towards us. This is a superb shot you have vert fast reactions.
BillM 9 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 6:12PM
Awesome. What an experience and what a shot. You certainly captured the moment there.
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 6:50PM
Impressive !.....terrific shot, with the birds adding a 'different' notch !
IanFlindt 12 740 21 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 9:42PM
Truly remarkable, Ron. What a rare moment to capture. The collapse itself would have been something special, but the addition of the fleeing birds creates extra drama in a spectacular scene.
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 9:43PM
What a great event to have witnessed Ron. You lucky .........
Super image.
aftertherain 11 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2011 8:10AM
Amazing event and as you say it must have been awesome to witness it close up.
Looks like you had a good expedition.
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
31 Aug 2011 8:38AM
Terrific image Ron..
31 Aug 2011 9:25AM
What a stunning shot.

alansnap Plus
12 577 26 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2011 8:36PM
I bet it was awesome in the truest sense of the word. A fine shot Ron, and I don't know how I missed it yesterday.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
4 Sep 2011 11:13AM
It was a cinematic moment, one I am unlikely ever to see again. Thank you all for sharing your views. Ron.
HUMIE 9 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2011 5:50PM
Super work Ron !!!

tony64 12 204 9 England
11 Sep 2011 10:07AM
This is an amazing shot Ron! A collapsing Glacier, all those Kittywakes! and you (and Maggie?) in a little boat? Pretty dangerous I would have said!
Anyway, Definitely worth my 'Photo of the Week' award!
Well done!
PS you must tell me about your time working at the Beeb sometime! I used to love the 'Fluff' Freeman rock show every saturday afternoon!

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