Geoffrey Wiggins  

Gannet by Geoffrey Wiggins

December 2019 - Gannet

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Time for another pic. I have spent the weekend at Point Danger. It is the largest gannet rookery in Australia and the only one. Birds travel as far as Mauritius off the coast of Africa, some 7000 kms. To make their nests and bread. They dive from great heights around 30 meters reaching speeds of 100 kms. per hour, as they stretch their wings back and pierce the sea to depths of several meters to catch their prey using their swept back gills covered with serrations. The one enclosed is a little busy carting seaweed for its nest.

ISO 400 1/4000 sec f8. 500mm

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11 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Geoffrey, I always enjoy your nature lessons about the amazing wildlife in Australia!

Now that I am in Florida for six months (we are new Snowbirds), I look forward to learning how to catch birds in flight, as my rare experiences have not turned into much! So, bravo!

The face seems a bit soft, but the close wing is crisp. I will wait for our bird experts, but I think this could have been improved with a higher f/8 number. You don't say what post-processing you used. You might be able to run some selective sharpening on just him to help his face.

The photo seems a bit grainy with noise and keeps pulling my eye off your gannet. Did you run noise reduction to smooth out your sky?

A nest out of seaweed! What a wild concept I have never heard about!   Posted: 12/01/2019 17:24:08

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Brenda, I was a little careless in my processing. There is a little movement in the bird, I thought that 1/4000 would be enough to freeze it but I must have got my panning wrong. I have done as you rightly suggested and sharpened it and smoothed the grain a little I hope that this improves it.   Posted: 12/01/2019 21:36:32
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Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
On my monitor this looks perfectly sharp. I love the way that you have presented in the frame with space in front to "fly into." And of course, the seaweed gives added interest. Well done.   Posted: 12/10/2019 09:22:10

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Beautiful capture. In Quebec, these birds are called Fou de Bassan. There is an island on the Eastern tip of the Gaspesie peninsula (Isle Bonaventure) where these birds are nesting - amazing scene. Interesting to see that you have these same birds in your area!
Keep on the good work!   Posted: 12/14/2019 10:58:55
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks for the comment Pierre, I tried to locate Gaspesie peninsula but could not locate it on Google Earth. What is the place close to the peninsula?   Posted: 12/15/2019 10:43:27
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
The Gaspesie Peninsula is on the East South side of the Province of Quebec. The North edge is the South shore of the St-Laurence river. Isle Bonaventure is a small island off the Eastern tip of Gaspesie (just South East of a town called Percé. The full name of the island is Ile Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park.   Posted: 12/15/2019 11:41:15
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Pierre, I have found it on Google maps, Regards Geoff.   Posted: 12/26/2019 01:48:39

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Geoffrey, you have captured a beautiful gannet. It has a nice clean background and interesting nesting material. The angles of the wing give interest to the image. The color is beautiful. The image is a bit noisy,   Posted: 12/14/2019 15:02:10
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Geoffrey WigginsThanks Candy, always welcome your comments. I think I did tidy up the noise in my reworked version. Let me know if I didn't.   Posted: 12/15/2019 10:12:48

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a really good image. The framing of the bird was really nice. It really gives a sense of motion in the piece. Beyond that the bird really pops against that background.   Posted: 12/22/2019 20:14:00
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
You are kind Jacob thanks for your comment.   Posted: 12/22/2019 22:53:48