Taken 15-Jun-13
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Categories & Keywords

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Keywords:Faroe Islands,, chase, competition, desperation, fish, fishing, great skua, northern gannet, skua
Photo Info

Dimensions6761 x 2793
Original file size9.08 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Jun-13 05:15
Date modified16-Jun-13 05:15
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D800
Focal length340 mm
Focal length (35mm)340 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/4000 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
competition, chase, "Faroe Islands," "northern gannet", skua, "great skua", desperation,

Race for Life

The northern gannet (wingspan more than 2 meters (7+ ft) dove for a fish, and the black bird had raced over when the gannet surfaced, having swallowed its catch. The great skua (see image #3) makes its living as a pirate. The gannet has trouble taking off with the weight of a fish inside, and the skua tries to force the gannet to regurgitate its catch. If it meets too much resistance, it will attempt to drown the gannet to achieve this. In this case the gannet won, the fish and the skua lost. This is not the usual outcome. This incident was photographed at Kollafjordur, in the Faroe Islands.