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on Oct 2, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

One of Many

Northern Gannet
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

Ever since I saw my first photo of a Northern Gannet over thirty years ago, I’ve longed to see it with my own eyes. Bird Rock at the Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve is the site of the Northern Gannet nesting colony. Just a tad short of the eastern point of North America, this lone sea stack starting in May, is the home to forty thousand plus Gannets for the few months they come off the sea to set forth the next generation. It’s a sight and sound I have longed to witness and it is nothing like I imagined. It is so much more!

Bird Rock, Newfoundland
captured by Z6 / Z24-70f2.8

The photographic challenge smacks you right in the face when you walk up to the edge. How do you tell the story of this natural wonder, nesting Northern Gannets of Newfoundland? Standing back and shooting the entire coastline (Z6 / Z24-70f2.8) is one option but then, who are all the white dots? You focus on just an individual, even one propositioning a hopeful mate (D5 / 180-400VR), and you lose the mass. I’m a couple of days into this challenge and after the first day, I knew I was close, but no cigar. The second day I was closer … I have more days to tell the story in my photos of one of many.

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