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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An image from South Uist when I was photographing in a force 6 gale! These gannets were mesmerising to watch as they used different flying techniques to move over the ocean. The ‘shearwater’ technique of flying was most popular to get through the gales. I found a large boulder on the beach to hunker down behind to get out of the wind and spent at least 2 hours photographing their comings and goings. This image is one of the more abstract of the series and is actually a colour image. If you look very carefully you can still the yellow colour on the head of the gannet.

Gannet, Sula bassana, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, September, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x II converter.

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Another image at Bempton Cliffs RSPB back from the first week of June.  Where possible, I try to capture the essence of the scene whilst I am photographing birds and I’m sure you will agree that this Gannet looks its best against the oceanscape and the cloud formations.

Gannet, Sula bassana, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire. June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

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A recent trip to Bempton Cliffs RSPB in East Yorkshire allowed me to get up close and personal to some very showy Gannets.  These are awesome birds to watch as they cruise past you with their 6ft wingspan.  Bempton Cliffs is a fantastic place to watch and photograph many seabirds and I would definately recommend a trip here before the end of July if you are around the area.

Gannet, Sula bassana, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire. June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.