Three-Years Ago (20-December-2017) — Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5 Day 5: At Sea on the Hurtigruten MS Fram Between Ushuaia and Falkland Islands

During the day we observed several types of seabirds (Southern Giant Petrel, Coast Petrel, and an Albatross). that seemed to follow the ship. I am not sure if they were hunting and using the ship’s wake to stir the fish, or if they were using air currents behind the ship to provide lift. We also had several dolphins show up on both sides of the ship. I have included a sequence of images of a Southern Giant Petrel that had trouble taking-off after landing in the ocean. These are really big birds and need a lot of wind to help them get airborne.

Albatros in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. (ISO 800, 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Albatross in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. (ISO 800, 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Southern Giant Petrel. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 4000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Southern Giant Petrel. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 4000, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Dolphins alongside the ship. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 110 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Dolphins alongside the ship. Viewed from the deck of the MS Fram in the South Atlantic between Ushuaia and the Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1100, 110 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8 and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)


Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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