WWD—Late Again

World Wildlife Day was celebrated earlier this month, and I’ve been meaning to add a personal offering. I seem not to have been able to find the time, until now, though, with holiday travel with family to Australia, a visit from old friends from student days in Germany, tax preparation, and lots more. This year the focus is on marine species. I haven’t recently done any snorkeling or visited an aquarium, but I did pay another visit to Muriwai, the site of the colony of Australasian gannets some 30 km west of Auckland. I’ve posted about them several times before (you can easily find them by doing a quick search for gannet), so I won’t take up your time with repeated general information. They are, admittedly, not exactly marine animals per se, but the adults spend the vast majority of their time at sea, fishing for themselves and their young. The day was glorious—bright, sunny, and calm—with the result that most of the colony were out fishing and only around 10% of the population was in residence. I had less than an hour, but that was enough time to capture these images of these really magnificent birds. For a more detailed view, please click on an individual image. Happy (belated)  WWD!

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6 Responses to WWD—Late Again

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful pictures, my friend – and very like our species. Hope you’re fine. I have gone mad and acquired the new Nikon Z 6 >>> LOL! a voyage of discovery! Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Congratulations, Adrian — I hope the new camera engenders much renewed and refreshed inspiration! How does the in-body vibration reduction work together with the VR lenses?

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        According to Nikon, it works perfectly(!). So that for lenses with no VR, the in-body stabilisation does the whole job. VR lenses split the job up between their capabilities and those of the in-body – and for sure using the VR switch on the (F-mount) lens alters the VR status displayed in the viewfinder. What appears to be true, but which I can’t be 100% sure of, is that the in-body stabilisation seems to be on all the time, there seems to be no way of disabling it – maybe this is as it should be??? IF you are thinking of getting an Z 6 (or 7), look at my recent Talking Images review. A :)

  2. bluebrightly says:

    Wonderful! I’ve always loved Gannets. Never seen them in person, but their look captivates me, and you certainly conveyed it all well.

    • krikitarts says:

      They’re really at their best when in flight, and especially when they’re div-bombing for fish just under the surface, like brilliant white-and-gold arrows, starting their dives from 10-20 meters or so in the air.

  3. wolke205 says:

    Wonderful photos as always!! :)

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