Northern Gannets, RSPB Troup Head

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  1. birdbonkers84

    birdbonkers84 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Was looking through my RSPB Troup Head folder (from May) in preparation for heading up again next weekend (weather permitting) and managed to find these photos that I've not shown before.

    1. Northern Gannet in flight with eye contact
    [​IMG]Northern Gannet in flight with eye contact by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    2. Carrying nesting material
    [​IMG]Northern Gannet carrying nesting material by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    3. Hovering
    [​IMG]Hovering close-up by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    4. Looking around
    [​IMG]Northern Gannet in flight by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    5. Meerkat moment
    [​IMG]DSC_7174 by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    6. Pruning ones self
    [​IMG]Gannet pruning itself by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    7. Doesn't look impressed
    [​IMG]DSC_7484 by Mark Coull, on Flickr

    8. Mid flap
    [​IMG]DSC_7208 by Mark Coull, on Flickr


     
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  2. birdbonkers84

    birdbonkers84 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    These were shot with my D7100 + my Tamron 150-600mm, my second attempt at trying out BIF photography hand held. As zombie/zombiejr will agree Gannets are amazing birds to watch in flight and they are so fast and I love there facial expressions.

    Still unsure how to process these, apart from the basic camera correction and brightening of the eyes. I'm still playing around with LR/PS and recently Googles free version including Define 2. Think I overlooked these because I was in-experienced with this type of photography and didn't really appreciate them, until now. I really like the preening photo as I always try to get a shot whereby the birds are showing some personal characteristics or emotion.

    I would say Gannets are my favourite seabird very very closely followed by Puffins.

    Anyone else have a favourite seabird?
     
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    WesternGuy Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Coulld, these look pretty good to me, from a processing point of view. My only comment would be to be a bit careful about the crop - 1, 2, 3 and 4 are cropped a little too tight for me, but then maybe I am just too picky. :biggrin-93:

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    Very nice set!
     
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    BrentC Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Very nice. Since you have a ton of shots of these guys and pretty close shots as well, are they similar to gulls where they are everywhere and are not skittish so you can get fairly close?
     
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    Thanks, you can get to within roughly 5 meters of them before they move, they have colonies at RSPB Troup Head, Isle of May and Bass rock in Scotland and then can be seem migrating to their colonies around the coasts of Scotland. They also have colonies at RSPB Bempton cliffs in England and Grassholme in Wales. Would love to see them at ground level diving into the sea.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    They are everywhere where they nest and tend not to be skittish while nesting but they may be more skittish if they are not on/near there nest
     
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    Excellent set.
     
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    That's alright WesternGuy, appreciate the comment.
     
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    Great set and yes the gannets are amazing birds they are my second favorite bird they are following closely behind my favorite bird the puffin
     
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