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PIC OF THE WEEK: 09/25/17 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2017 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Cook Inlet • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Notes: Watching this amazing bird circle the bay as it came into the nesting colony to feed its chicks, was a spectacular sight. This northern Pacific seabird is especially challenging to capture images of in flight because it is shaped like a peewee football with stumpy wings. In order to takeoff from the surface of the water, they have to paddle and flap with their short wings while rapidly kicking with their short feet, to become airborne. This flurry of activity will typically cover twenty feet or more before they can overcome the pull of gravity and the water’s surface tension. But once up, they fly like a dart out to sea where they dive for small fish. In this case Sandlance. These are long, pencil shaped fish that hide in the sand on the bottom, leaving only their head sticking out. The puffin’s beak is specially adapted to hold many small fish crossways. We felt truly blessed to have great weather, friendship and guidance on this leg of our recent Alaska Adventure.

Bird Photo 1
Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/5000 second • Aperture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 1000 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~45 Feet • Date Shot: 08-05-17

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