Saturday, January 2, 2010

Northern Gannet

Happy New Year to You. Wishing you a prosperous 2010. May you fly free like this Gannet.

After the seagull, the most common bird that I encounter at sea are the Gannets. These birds which are closely related to the Boobies, where photographed in the Bay of Biscay, enroute to the English channel. The bird was feeding on fish that were churned out by the ships wake and it was a pleasure to watch the bird dive. Fish was spotted and scooped out by it in fractions of a second.
The bird photographed above is the Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), the birds were previously placed in the Sula species, the same species as the Boobies, but today they are identified in the Morus genus.
A major portion of the worlds Gannets live in the United Kingdom and I have not spotted the bird in Indian water's.
Photograph details : 1. 300mm , 1/800 sec , f/5.4 ISO 100
2. 300 mm, 1/640 sec, f/5.4 , ISO 100

1 comment:

  1. Your photos of the Northern Gannant are beautiful! It's markings are striking, almost looks like a huge smile.