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Fencing Gannet's

By Phil32
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.

Tags: Gannet Bass rock Wildlife and nature Morus bassanus Courting gannets

Voters: photophantom, GillyB, GERRYGENTRY and 41 more

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photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
5 Sep 2010 11:54PM
seeing double, excellent

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
6 Sep 2010 12:09AM
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.
LexEquine 10 19 United States
6 Sep 2010 12:18AM
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
cantona43 Plus
11 924 4 England
6 Sep 2010 12:24AM
absolutely stunning
BobFancy 7 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 12:37AM
Wonderful shot the colours and the symetry are really good. Best of luck with the competition.
6 Sep 2010 1:05AM
beauitfull images kaz
debu 6 India
6 Sep 2010 1:14AM
Lovely image.
W1ldside 6 29 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 7:07AM
Nice symmetry Phil with excellent focus and detail
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 7:52AM
Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!
MikeH 11 217 4 England
6 Sep 2010 8:28AM
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,
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 10:55AM
Lovely, well-timed shot,
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
6 Sep 2010 11:27AM
Excellent capture.

6 Sep 2010 12:25PM
Excellent capture

LesF 10 182 9
6 Sep 2010 1:32PM
A super capture Phil and fingers crossed for you with the comp

tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 3:33PM
Excellent capture.

cassiecat 8 39 46 England
6 Sep 2010 5:08PM
lovely detail, love the way they rub looks like a cloning smudge by the throat of the one on the right.lesley

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