Northern Gannet Morus bassanus


Last weekend was supposed to be a weekend of fast action and quick reflexes with a boat trip booked to photograph the diving gannets from the sea at Bempton Cliffs. Unfortunately, the 30mph westerly winds put a quick stop to that and the boat trip was cancelled for safety reasons. Up to the top of the cliffs it was then!

With Bempton Cliffs being an extremely popular location with photographers, I wanted to take some more unusual images and this is one I really liked of two Gannets in a courtship display against the rising sun.

Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
Canon 1Dx with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x converter.
1/4000s at f/8 at ISO200

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105/365 Black-headed Gull


 

This image of a winter plumaged Black headed Gull goes against pretty much all of the rules of photography; the bird is flying out of the frame, both wing tips are cut off, no room for the subject to go into.
Despite all of these, I really like this image, particularly the backlighting which highlights all of the feather details around the wings and the tail, and the water droplets dripping off its plumage aswell.
With photography I always think…. rules are there to be broken! 😉

Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, West-Midlands, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.