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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/13/16 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2016 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Oahu, HI• Ka'ena Point State Park
Notes: This image was from our most recent trip to the island of Oahu, Hawaii a few months ago. On a last day mad dash mission to get to a couple of our favorite places in a single day, we traversed the entire length of the island diagonally from northwest to southeast. The first leg of our journey was to see these magnificent seabirds at Ka’enna Point. The best time to make the rugged hike of almost three miles is certainly in the early morning, because the rocky terrain heats up quickly in the strong South Pacific sun. We arrived at the trailhead just before sunrise. Not long into our walk, the sun began to peek over the horizon directly behind us. To our left the mountains began to glow in the early golden light. Then the ocean began to shine in brilliant shades of green and blue turquoise. In a little over an hour we arrived and made our way through the predator guard gate. Within no time at all we saw an Albatros glide over the nesting area just ahead. We found a good vantage point that kept the sun to our back and the birds in front of us. Layson Albatross have a protruding eyebrow that shields their eyes from the harsh afternoon sun. That feature typically eliminates the “twinkle” in their eye in photographs. But with the early sun still low to the horizon, most of the images we captured contained the eye’s catchlight. The chicks were a bit younger than we had ever seen them before. We even got the see one being fed as the adult regurgitated some fish for the fluffy little youngster. Then the parent waddled over to a nearby open spot, opened its wings, and trotted into flight. As the wind filled its wings, it settled into an effortless glide back out to the ocean.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/6400 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: Ai Servo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~40 Feet • Date Shot: 03-23-16

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