We arrived in the Gaspe' Peninsula (sorry for lack of accent marks...) early this morning and had an opportunity to see the mountainous region on either side of the ship. The sun was rising and we had some nice early morning views of our beautiful surroundings.
Robin was still feeling the effects of yesterday's ICU visit, so she stayed behind while I left the ship for a tour of Gaspe'sie, Perce', and Bonaventure Island. My quarry today were Northern Gannets, so I was hoping that the weather would cooperate for some decent photo opps.
Upon arrival we had broken clouds and high winds. This meant that we were in for a bumpy boat ride. Our tour had to abandon a smaller tour boat for a larger one, and for good reason. The swells were large enough that folks had to time their step onto the boat, which was dropping and rising 5 feet on either side of level.
Trying to photograph birds in flight is difficult enough, but in heavy swells the challenge is even greater. Hardest part is trying to wedge yourself into a corner of the boat, hold on, and time the passage of birds with the contant up-down motion of the boat. I now know how it was like for Capt. Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise when they were attacked by Klingons!
This video gives an idea of the wind/wave action we endured while we passed the massive Gannet colony. I could not shoot fast enough to keep up w/ the scenery and passing birds.
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