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| p.1 #1 · Gannets, gannets, every where. |
Nor any light to shoot. (apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
A visit to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland is an enthralling, exciting, and energizing experience. It also provides exceptionally intense auditory and olfactory stimulation. You can hear 'em and smell 'em long before you can see 'em. The "thems" are the birds on, and around Bird Rock. Now many birds? About 24,000 Northern gannet, 20,000 black-legged kittiwake, 20,000 common murre, and 2,000 thick-billed murre. In addition, there are more than 100 pairs of razorbill, 60 pairs of black guillemot, plus a dash of double-crested and great cormorants. On two previous visits, the weather was fantastic - clear blue skies and warm. My visit last summer was the same. Unfortunately, that only applied to the area surrounding the reserve. The immediate area of the reserve itself had been blanketed in fog for days, and the day of my visit was no exception. Still a super experience (I could spend days there if my better half permitted). All shot with a 7D and 70-200 or 400mm.
1. A Northern Gannet checks out what is below as it glides by.
2. Air brakes on as the Gannet comes in for a landing.
3. Too much bird and too much lens.
4. Doing the Gannet version of a hover as it confirms its nesting location on the slope.
5. Doing a low level Gannet glide over the sea foam.
6. Bonus Shot - Boyd Coleridge, a living, distant relative of the bard miss-quoted above. Shot handheld in a dimly lit church.
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