∞ Doubtful Bottlenose ∞ by Jonathan Stacey

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Here’s an unusual capture for me..just to be a bit different !!, I was lucky enough to be on the Doubtful Sound in New Zealand’s Fjordland National Park when our boat was approached by these extremely rare amazing creatures, sure bottle nose Dolphins are the most common in the worlds waters but there are only reported to be 56 of these larger mammals in existence, they are larger than the normal bottle nose with a healthy layer of fat protecting them from these cold waters and unfortunately, their numbers are in decline… All the more reason for this to be a special shot…for me anyway.

I particularly like the incredible way the dolphin is substantially above the surface of the water yet it has hardly broken the equilibrium of the fresh water…proving beyond doubt (no pun intended !!) of just how streamlined these wonderful animals are…. Quite a nice watery mohican on this fella too !!!

Taken on a day cruise on the Doubtful Sound, Fjordland National Park, New Zealand’s Beautiful South Island.

Nikon D90
Nikon 18-200mm @ 200mm
1/500 sec
ISO 1600 (had to go that high to get the desired shutter speed)

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Appreciating and capturing light is the cornerstone to my photography. combine this with the beauty of our Western Australian beaches and rocky coastline and you have something that should be both witnessed, captured and shared.

I hope I can inspire you to take the time to see a sunrise or sunset, on a coast or a rocky outcrop somewhere, and then maybe you can understand why for me, Photography has become a passion……

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  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 3 years ago

    incredible shot mate! I was lucky enough many years ago to spend time in the sound and got some of these – it’s an incredible sight and location.

  • Cheers Baz….You couldn’t be more correct….definitely an amazing part of the world in many ways.

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinover 3 years ago

    Sweet shot Jono! – Doubtful sound is just beautiful isn’t it.. I’m about to upload a shot from there myself!.. we had a great time down there – sounds like you did too. although my sunset activities at Te anau revolved around a certain 18month old! :o(

  • I’ve just realised why I’m not getting your uploads !!.. not on my watchlist…all sorted now Dean !!…Thanks for yet another great comment mate…and what’s with the 18 month old..!!.. you like punishment do you !!..:)))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 3 years ago

    Wow awesome capture Jonathan!! lovely timing the curve of the water is fantastic! :))

  • Thanks Kylie…. one of those “Oh so lucky” moments..:))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    BRILLIANT Jonathan!!! ADORE this capture!!

  • Thanks Rosie…one of those “Oh so lucky” moments..:))

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Husky
    Huskyover 3 years ago

    Nice work mate, like the curve too.

  • jay0976
    jay0976over 3 years ago

    Really cool shot.. It cracks me up when I look at this…. Here is my reason: with a boat full of potential point and shoot cameras, those around you go home with a happy snap.. The masterful JS comes home with an image youd find on the front cover of a wildlife magazine lol.

  • Ha !!… I must admit, when we spotted the pod coming towards us the bow became pretty crowded very quickly and yes….there were shutters going mad with one shooting just the occasional click… !!!!…hey…I’m aiming for national geographic..!!..not just any wildlife mag…:))))…if only !!

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 3 years ago

    Wonderful creature and capture!!

  • Thank you Lance.

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 3 years ago

    Wow! Pure magic Jonathan! Amazing capture! :)))

  • Thank you Lori…definitely a special moment..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 3 years ago

    Amazing and kind of soul touching. Well done.

  • Thank you Davo…a special moment indeed..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

  • Annie Lemay  Photography
    Annie Lemay P...over 3 years ago

    Instant fav! What a thrill to have this in front of you!

  • Thank you…definitely a special moment..:)

    – Jonathan Stacey

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