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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.





Any and all comments are most welcome, and appreciated.

Cheers!

Ken



Feb 21, 2013 at 03:17 AM
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Hi Ken,

What a fantastic venture loaded with a vast assortment of birds. Super nice set of images!

Thanks for sharing,
Tom



Feb 21, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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Very nice Ken. This is my first time to know and see this bird. #2,3 and 4 are my fav.

- Tam



Feb 21, 2013 at 03:32 AM
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A great experience for sure, Ken. A well presented set
Socrate



Feb 21, 2013 at 03:45 AM
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These are such beautiful birds, and I love your shots of them. I especially like #2 with the approach to the rock with the others sleeping. Beautiful.
Nancy



Feb 21, 2013 at 05:21 AM
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I'm so jealous Ken... I REALLY want to have an opportunity like this sometime.
Excellent series with 2, 4, and 5 being my favorites... and the natural light portrait of Boyd Coleridge is very well done.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience... enjoyed it.

Kirk



Feb 21, 2013 at 05:44 AM
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very nice Ken... can't wait till summer


Feb 21, 2013 at 09:11 AM
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A very nice set Ken. Gannets sure are beautiful and you did well ~ Ron


Feb 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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I visited the same gannet colony on my 2-week drive through Newfoundland.
Alas, I have no pics anywhere near as good as these- but I really enjoyed the experience .
A wonderful assortment of terrific images, Ken.
If I had to pick a favorite, I'd go with #2 because of its story-telling aspect. But I like them all.
Charlie



Feb 21, 2013 at 07:27 PM
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Great work and I'm sure an even more fantastic experience, you did a wonderful job describing it. I would love to make the trip there someday, I need to move it to the top of my list

Tim



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Good looking birds!


Feb 21, 2013 at 08:25 PM
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Great! My picks 2 and 4!!!


Feb 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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Nice set Ken. I live about 30 miles from Bass Rock in Scotland - many thousand pairs of Gannets settle there every summer and I know what you mean when you say you hear and smell them before you see them. It is indeed an exhilarating experience to visit one of these colonies. Thanks for sharing.
David



Feb 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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Wonderful series Ken ! What a marvelous experience . Beautiful portrait by the way.

Birdie



Feb 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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Excellent series of a new bird to me. #2 is a very cool shot.


Feb 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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thomas_1950 wrote:
Hi Ken,

What a fantastic venture loaded with a vast assortment of birds. Super nice set of images!

Thanks for sharing,
Tom


Many thanks Tom! I appreciate you stopping by.



Feb 22, 2013 at 02:20 AM
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canon.eos30d wrote:
Very nice Ken. This is my first time to know and see this bird. #2,3 and 4 are my fav.

- Tam

I appreciate the kind words Tam. Thank you.



Feb 22, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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Shasoc wrote:
A great experience for sure, Ken. A well presented set
Socrate


Thank you very much for looking and commenting Socrate.



Feb 22, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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sdgnh wrote:
These are such beautiful birds, and I love your shots of them. I especially like #2 with the approach to the rock with the others sleeping. Beautiful.
Nancy


I appreciate your supportive comments Nancy. Thank you.



Feb 22, 2013 at 02:23 AM
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KirkB wrote:
I'm so jealous Ken... I REALLY want to have an opportunity like this sometime.
Excellent series with 2, 4, and 5 being my favorites... and the natural light portrait of Boyd Coleridge is very well done.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience... enjoyed it.

Kirk


Thanks a bunch Kirk! The experience was worth every dollar to get there (and that included of cost of replacing a tire on the rental, as I managed to hit the only pothole in road with quite a bit of enthusiasm).



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