I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Little Skellig is home to one of the largest populations of Northern Gannets. After finishing our visit to Skellig Michael, the boat captain took us around Little Skellig to see the wildlife that inhabits the island. It was hard to photograph the birds from the moving boat but I managed to get a couple of photos of the Northern Gannets despite bouncing up and down in the boat. This photograph is cropped but I was still able to get some good photos of the birds despite the turbulence.
One of the more interesting characteristics of the Gannets (aside from their beautiful colors) is the fact that they dive into the ocean at a high rate of speed to catch their prey. I was watching and waiting for them to do so but they were too far away to photograph.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R II using my Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 Lens set on 200mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/3200th of a second and the ISO set at 1000. I hand-held the camera while in a moving boat. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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