Four-Years Ago (27-May-2013) — North Sea

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 32 of 52. While waiting for sunset crossing the North Sea there were a number of Northern Gannets following and leading the ship. I think the birds use the ship to provide lift as they hunt for fish being disturbed by the wake of the ship. There was this one Northern Gannet that was flying with one foot out. I don’t know if it was injured or was using the foot to provide drag? It is amazing that these birds spend almost all year at sea — only spending time on land to breed and raise their young.

 

Northern Gannet in flight with one foot down in the evening sun. From the deck of the M/V Explorer crossing the North Sea between Dover and Oslo. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens(ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Gannet in flight with one foot down in the evening sun. From the deck of the M/V Explorer crossing the North Sea between Dover and Oslo. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens(ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

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Friday (18-July-2014) — At Sea

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 48: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. At Sea.

Eendracht — Holland’s Largest Three Mast Schooner. Tall Ship Sailing from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Viewed from the MV Explorer while crossing the North Sea. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Eendracht -- Holland's Largest Three Mast Schooner. Tall Ship Sailing from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Viewed from the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Eendracht — Holland’s Largest Three Mast Schooner. Tall Ship Sailing from Fredrikstad to Bergen. Viewed from the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (27-May-2013) — At Sea

Gone to See Europe. Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 31: At Sea.

Northern Gannet Flying Against a Clear Blue Sky. I don’t know why it is flying with one foot down. From the deck of the MV Explorer on the North Sea between Dover and Oslo. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 VR II lens (ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec).

Northern Gannet Flying with a Blue Sky. (David J Mathre)
Northern Gannet Flying with a Blue Sky. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 VR II lens (ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)