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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Diving Gannets and an unpleasant case of "mal de mer"! - 29th June 2018.


I have never been a good sailor and it was with some trepidation that I embarked on the Yorkshire Lass II with Steve Race and a group of fellow birders in order to enjoy the experience of diving Gannets. The harbour was fine but once outside it was obvious that a rough trip was instore! Skipper Paul Chapman did his best to get us around Flamborough Head and under Bempton Cliffs and at this point all was well despite the buffeting of the waves.

On the outward journey, I managed images of the fascinating geological fault at Staple Newk



I also managed images of an immature Great Black Backed Gull


and a close Fulmar




At times it was difficult to balance as the swell continued and a queasy feeling did not bode well. The fish were thrown and the Gannets came in. Initially all was well but eventually the sea won and a very unpleasant case of "mal de mer" overtook me. I was virtually incapacitated and needless to say my photography came to an end! However, I did manage a few images of the diving Gannets. I have to say that if a sea monster threatened the boat, I was not in a position to care!

Still, looking positive here are my images of the diving Gannet experience. These images taken using my Canon 100-400mm (mk1) at 100mm.








Due to the closeness of the Gannets, the following images have been taken with my 18-55mm kit lens!














And there endeth my photography for today!

2 comments:

Steve Bowden said...

Cracking photos Kevin. Yes, it is a horrible feeling but you were brave enough to venture out :)

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Steve. I think I will be staying on dry land from now on!!