Gannets

Gannet14 Gannet2 Gannet3 Gannet4 Gannet5 Gannet6 Gannet7 Gannet8 Gannet9 Gannet10 Gannet12 Gannet13 Gannet15I’m in awe of the gannets that can dive from a height of 30 metres, achieving speeds of 100 km/h as they strike the water to catch fish. It’s the first time I’ve attempted to photograph them as they fish further out than my telephoto lens allows to produce quality images but they captivated me anyway yesterday as they circled the bay searching for their prey. When they spot a potential catch in mid-flight, they seem to twist their body quickly, almost like a dancer and then invert, streamline and make a huge splash.

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9 thoughts on “Gannets

  1. victoriaaphotography

    Pretty good focus for birds in flight, especially the 10th photo down.
    (flying birds are not my strongest point in photography).

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    1. jackie sowrey Post author

      Thank you very much. There’s now a challenge for me to get a decent photograph of the gannets as I don’t think they’re good. Maybe I need to follow you and invest in a new longer lens before I can do this!

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      1. victoriaaphotography

        I don’t think a really long telephoto lens would help as these lenses need to be perfectly still to capture distant birds (from my reading & limited experience of 1 day – lol).

        My 18-200mm can sometimes get a flying bird reasonably well though. More importantly, if you can get razor sharp focus on a distant bird, you would crop it down in pp to make the resulting image appear to be up close.

      2. jackie sowrey Post author

        Yes, you’re right. Plus I’m not that good with my tripod. It’s like new as it’s really underused as I like the freedom to walk about without being tied to one place and I prefer to travel light without too much equipment. No patience! This doesn’t get results!

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