Cigogne blanche / White Stork / Ciconia Ciconia

Images réalisées en Vendée
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Baie de l’Aiguillon

Quelques images réalisées en Vendée dans la Baie de l’Aiguillon dans le cadre d’un stage photo encadré par Christophe Courteau.

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Birds of Iceland : the Northern Gannet

The Gannet is the largest seabird around Iceland. It is often called the queen of the Atlantic Ocean because of its elegance.

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Nikon D4, 1000mm, f/9, 1/800s, 5000 iso

Gannets nest in colonies on rocky islands and cliffs.
There are six colonies in Iceland. The estimated population around Iceland is 30,000 pairs.

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Nikon D600, 16mm, f/10, 1/100s, 200 iso

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Nikon D600, 35mm, f/10, 1/100s, 200 iso

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Nikon D600, 70mm, f/5,6, 1/80s, 500 iso

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Nikon D600, 125mm, f/4, 1/800s, 1000 iso

On Langanes peninsula, there is a nice colony of Northern Gannets on a large rock out at sea close to the cliffs called Stóri Karl.

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Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/1000s, 200 iso

They are competent divers, diving from heights of up to 30m and getting to speeds of up to 100 km/h.

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Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/125s, 200 iso

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Nikon D4, 1000mm, f/9, 1/400s, 1600 iso

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Nikon D4, 1000mm, f/9, 1/500s, 5000 iso

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Nikon D4, 1000mm, f/9, 1/800s, 4000 iso

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Nikon D4, 1000mm, f/9, 1/640s, 4000 iso

All photos © Florian Bestel
sources :
http://www.birdingtrail.is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_gannet

 

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Birds of Iceland : the Atlantic Puffin

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/800s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/800s, 200 iso

The Atlantic Puffin is a member of the auk family and is the most common auk in Iceland.

The total population of puffins in Iceland is estimated to be between 8 and 10 million birds (over half of the world´s population).

The Puffin is a long-lived bird and the average life expectancy is estimated to be around 20-25 years. Puffins are highly social birds. They are believed to be faithful to their mates and generally pair for life.

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/800s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/800s, 200 iso

Like other auks, puffins breed in colonies. One egg is laid generally in burrows on the boundary of rock and turf layers but also in other protected spots. Atlantic puffins dig burrows underground, about 2 feet in length for their nest, using their beaks to dig and their webbed feet to kick the dirt out.

NIkon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/500s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/500s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 170mm, f/6,3, 1/500s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 170mm, f/6,3, 1/500s, 200 iso

Puffins are excellent swimmers and can dive to depths of up to sixty metres. They are also strong flyers and their 400 wing beats a minute can propel them to up to speeds of 90 km/h.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/8, 1/1000s, 400 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/8, 1/1000s, 400 iso

Nikon D600, 200mm, f/4, 1/4000s, 3200 iso

Nikon D600, 200mm, f/4, 1/4000s, 3200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/1000s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/1000s, 200 iso

nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/1000s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/1000s, 200 iso

During breeding season, an adult puffin’s beak turns a bright orange and yellow colour.

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/640s, 200 iso

Nikon D300, 200mm, f/4, 1/640s, 200 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/1250s, 250 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/1250s, 250 iso

The atlantic puffin feed mainly on fish (sand-eel, capelin and fry of various species), squid and crustaceans and can carry up to ten fish at a time in their bills.

Niko D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/2000s, 500 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/2000s, 500 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/3200s, 640 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/3200s, 640 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/6400s, 500 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/6400s, 500 iso

Behind the scenes and tips

The key to a nice shot is getting down to the level of the subject. But you have to take care as to where you go :  you might be endangering yourself at a cliff-edge, and also risk disturbing nesting puffins.

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Nikon D600, 17mm, f/8, 1/800s, 320 iso

Nikon D600, 17mm, f/8, 1/800s, 320 iso

Puffins are one of the most difficult birds to capture in flight. They are fast and very hard to track. To capture them in-flight, study the birds as they come into land and try to find the path they follow. I often shoot these types of image handheld, even with a 500mm lens, but a shorter lens is better because it’s easier to track the bird (the best choice for me is a 300mm f/2.8).

Nikon D600, 18mm, f/8, 1/640s, 320 iso

Photos with soft, blurry backgrounds are perfect for making the subject stand out. Foreground is really important too. A long lens with a large aperture is ideal.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/800s, 250 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/2000s, 250 iso

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/5,6, 1/2000s, 250 iso

All photos © Florian Bestel except photos of me in action © Julie Bestel
sources :
http://www.icelandontheweb.com/articles-on-iceland/nature/wildlife/puffins
http://puffins.is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_puffin
http://www.photographymonthly.com/Tips-and-Techniques/Black-and-White/Taking-pictures-of-puffins
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Etangs de Hollande, Janvier 2014

The very first pictures of 2014 !

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L’écureuil roux (Sciurus vulgaris)

Dernière série de cette session automne.

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Les oiseaux à la mangeoire

Photos réalisées en affût fixe, toujours en compagnie de Christophe Salin ( stage automne )

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