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A pair of preening Australasian Gannets (Morus serrator or Sula bassana, also Australian Gannet, Tākapu)
Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

Nikon D300 | Sigma 120-400OS @ 400mm
f/5.6 1/500s ISO200 | Raw
Featured in Extreme Close-Ups (28 April 2011)
Featured in Artists Universe (4 June 2011)
Featured in Around the World (8 June 2011)
Featured in Islands of the World (25 August 2011)
Featured in The Best of Redbubble (27 July 2012)
Featured in Your Country’s Best (27 July 2012)
Featured in The Great Outdoors (6 August 2012)
Featured in Love these Creatures (29 March 2013)
Featured in Birds of New Zealand (26 April 2013)
Top 10 in Artists Universe “Birds” (9 June 2011)
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I photograph landscapes and people and mostly anything … just as long as it is in front of the lens and looks good
My images are from Australia, New Zealand and Asia

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  • ajay2011
    ajay2011over 3 years ago

    lovely. I visited the South African colony at Bird Island, Lambert’s Bay recently and was amazed to find that there are just 4 breeding colonies of this bird worldwide. These birds do have a bit of a “retro” look. Do you agree?

  • Hi – thanks for your interest and visit – I just looked up Wikipedia – the Cape Gannets at Lambert Bay are a different species to the Australasian Gannets which breed in at least 3 different locations in New Zealand (and in 3 different colonies at Cape Kidnappers which is one of those locations) as well as in Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. Then there’s also a european or northern gannet species. Not sure that I would be able to tell them apart in the field though! The 4 colonies perhaps refers just to the Cape Gannets. Majestic looking birds, but as for “retro”, no idea, sorry.

    – Werner Padarin

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    These birds are so beautiful! Your capture of them just as beautiful! Congratulations!

  • thankyou – glad you like the shot – certainly magnificient birds

    – Werner Padarin

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

  • thankyou very much Pauline – a lovely honour

    – Werner Padarin

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    June 4th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • thankyou very much Mary – that’s a great honour! (I’m in the challenge too)

    – Werner Padarin

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Outstanding photography Werner

  • thankyou John, glad you like it

    – Werner Padarin

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 3 years ago

    Congratulations Werner, your work has been featured in Around the World Group.

  • thankyou very much Renee, that’s a lovely honour

    – Werner Padarin

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 3 years ago

    Oh they are wonderful!!!! thank you!!!!
    Congrats on all your features!!!

  • they certainly are lovely birds – and quite large too, something that doesn’t necessarily appear from this shot – many thanks for your visit, Brenda

    – Werner Padarin

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaover 3 years ago

    You are most welcome Werner…my pleasure.

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    June 9th, 2011

  • thanks Mary and especial thanks to he kind voters who pushed this into the top 10

    – Werner Padarin

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    How lovely! Beautifully composed! Congrats on your challenge win!

  • thankyou Angie – very glad you like the shot; just in the Top 10 though …

    – Werner Padarin

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