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Gannets on the Bass Rock (Part 4) Close-ups and bystanders

Discussion in 'Birds' started by alanhill, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Some more shots from my visit to the Bass Rock two weeks ago.
    Gannet close-ups: they are magnificent in profile, but they look a little strange from the front.

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/320s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/10.0    1/250s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/320s    ISO 100

    Gannets feed by plunge diving so they need good vision forwards and downwards; they also don't need nostrils in the normal place - which would be a real inconvenience.

    Hanging around the edge of the gannet colony are the gulls. They are almost as unconcerned by visitors as the gannets. There are two common species which are closely related (they belong to the same 'ring species').
    Lesser black-backed gull
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 100

    Herring gulls
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/400s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/13.0    1/200s    ISO 100

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  2. Baxter


    Jan 8, 2007
    Clemson, SC
    Nice shots Alan. Beautiful pale coloring on the gannets.
  3. tech1961


    Jan 28, 2007
    Houston Tx.
    Wow what an awesome series.
  4. Hokum


    Jun 20, 2006
    Pennines UK
    Nice shots, i had hoped to get away to the Farnes but things conspired against me.
    Keep up the good work!
  5. Andyc


    Nov 6, 2006
    South Wales UK
    Very nice shots Alan. I saw Bass rock from shore when we were that way a few weeks ago. Did you get a boat from North Berwick?
    Best regards
  6. Thank you all for your comments - there are still some more gannet shots still in the can, watch this space.

    I think the boats from North Berwick just go round the rock (although I haven't been there for several years). I went from Dunbar, on a trip was organised by the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick (they run them twice a week in the summer, wind and tide permitting).

  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Beautiful shots
    Thanks for showing
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