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Artis Amsterdam – Zoo collection
the Netherlands


Northern Gannet (Lat. Morus bassanus – Nl. Jan van Gent) – portrait
cool lady, isn’t she! :D

Quote Wikipedia :
“Their breeding range is the North Atlantic. They normally nest in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. The largest colony of this bird, with over 60,000 couples, is found on Bonaventure Island, Quebec, but 68% of the world population breeds around the coasts of Great Britain, with the largest colonies on the Bass Rock (whence the species’ Latin name) and Borera, St Kilda.

In the United Kingdom, gannets are a protected species. However, a legal exception is made for the inhabitants of the district of Ness (also known as Nìs) of the Isle of Lewis who are allowed to kill up to 2000 gannets (locally known as guga) annually to serve as a traditional local delicacy—the taste is described as fishy.2"

Conservation status
Northern Gennet are on the IUCN list of threatened species – status: least concern
Although Northern Gannet populations are now stable, their numbers were once greatly reduced due to loss of habitat, removal of eggs and killing of adults.

Variations – Variaties

This image with a grey border for landscape-format card or print, or with any colour border on request, you can find here

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/250 sec, f. 5.6, focal length 300 , ISO 200
Date: May, 2011
Views: 510 Favorites: 22 on Jan.9, 2012

Challenge Winner
This image was challenge winner in Cee’s fun artsy friends – ‘Birds’ (Aug. 18, 2011)
and I was made featured member in this marvellous group.
Shared challenge winner in The delight of all things white – Amateur Photographers association (Dec. 28, 2011)
Thank you very much to the hosts for organizing the challenge, and to all those who voted! Your support is much appreciated!

Featured on RB-Explore (Dec. 28, 2011)
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Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Monochrome in colour (June 13 , 2011)
Featured in Image Writing (June 13, 2011)
Featured in The woman photographer (June 15, 2011)
Featured in The Birds (June 19, 2011)
Featured in High quality images (June 22, 2011)
Featured in Postcard Style (June 24, 2011)
Featured in Eye contact (June 29, 2011)
Top10 in Nature In Its Entirety – July Avatar (July 5, 2011)
Featured in Openings Celebration Features in Simply White (Oct. 9, 2011)
Top10 in Birds of the World – Shutterbugs (Dec 27, 2011)
Top10 in letter G – Cee’s fun artsy friends (Jan. 9, 2012)
Featured in Alphabeth Soup – letter N (April 15, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 4 years ago

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture. Beautiful

  • Thanks a lot, Joyce! Great you like it! :D

    – steppeland

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    what a beauty!

  • Thank you so much! Happy you like it!

    – steppeland

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured. Love it.

  • Thank you so much, Wanda, for your visit and great compliment!

    – steppeland

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Great shot! Lovely detailed markings a stunner!

  • Thank you so much, Pauline, for the great feed back. Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...almost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful!!!

  • Thank you Cynthia for the great comment and fav!

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks a lot, Sylvia!

    – steppeland

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Larry!

    – steppeland

  • Olivia Moore
    Olivia Moorealmost 4 years ago

    So cute and well shot!

  • Aww, thank you so much, Olivia, for the kind words and fav!

    – steppeland

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Monochrome in Color group.

  • Wow, thank you so much, Cee! It’s a great honour!

    – steppeland

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