It’s been almost a year since I visited Cape St. Mary’s in Newfoundland to photograph the magnificent spectacle of nesting Northern Gannets. Northern Gannets nest in huge rookeries like the one on the off shore sea stack known as Bird Rock at the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve on the Atlantic Ocean. There are 20,000 pairs of Northern Gannets there and Bird Rock and the nearby cliffs are crowded with Northern Gannets and their offspring. There are so many birds there that is rare to see one flying solo. What freedom to soar like a Northern Gannet alone over the ocean. There were such high winds the first couple of days we were there that I didn’t take my tripod or my 500mm PF lens for fear that it might get blown off the narrow spit of cliff we were standing on. Instead, I handheld my Nikon D5 and Nikkor 300mmPF lens with the 1.4x teleconverter to give me a 420mm reach. Can’t wait to return next year for another incredible experience there.

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