arrow left arrow right
photo contest slideshow
Monks
Monitor portrait in green
Faithful gathering
Heads Above the Crowd
Roller in the trees
back to home
Birds Overhead
Jogging near the beach
Edgar meets his father Lance for the first time.
Hungry lion on a zebra kill
Muslims' prayer
Anticipation
Scene of silence II
Duck family in a cold sea
Wet leaf on sidewalk 1
Sacred Feminine
The last light of the mountain in the evening after rain
beautiful sky in the morning
The Sunset District
The Little Red Car in the Valley
Anxiety
Friendly approach
Sacred Connection
15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Anticipation

Overcoming the challenges of landing on Bass Rock in swollen seas, I absorbed the spectacle of this densely populated gannet colony. Thousands were nesting on the ground and hundreds circled overhead. Engulfed by a pervading stench, and constant cacophony of harsh, ‘krokking’ bird calls and with my feet immersed in several inches of soft mud; guano and discarded feathers, I attempted to capture the drama of one bird anticipating joining the throng.

TAGS: United Kingdom

photographer avatar
Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
Member since 2017
Photo Information
Copyright:
© John Birch.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 06.2016
Total Views: 34
Filed Under: Natural World
Camera Information
Date Uploaded: Nov. 10, 2017, 10:02 a.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D810
Focal Length: 70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO160
Report This
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE COLLECTIONS
PHOTO LOCATION Bass Rock, Scotland, United Kingdom