BAD on ice

I’m not feeling too perky today so I shall cheat a little. Yesterday’s bird was clearly a welcome return for BAD. I think therefore that some more recent joiners may enjoy a reprise of some of the images from the Antarctic trip last year.

Today is one of my favourites. For context, I still have over 5,000 files from the trip. Some are taken by Mrs. Ha and she proved that a simple lightweight super-zoom can produce some excellent results. Not least because of its versatility. I also learned a lot about what things work and what things don’t. I hope if I went again I would shoot less but better quality. Sadly the excitement overwhelmed us last time and we went kodak-crazy.

This though is one of the shots I actually got round to printing. Its caption is Shag on Ice. Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis or the Antarctic Shag. The snow and ice harmonise and complement one another on their own. The bird is the icing on the cake. Or on the ice to be precise.

Ice shag Final

I never bore of this image and I hope those of you who have seen it before will excuse me the re-post.

36 thoughts on “BAD on ice

  1. How come I never commented, when I re-blogged it (sort of) ?
    I must’ve been so excited that I forgot to. 😦

  2. it is just an amazing shot where everything comes together! It would be among my all time favourites as well πŸ™‚ congrats!!

  3. I would never tire of this one either, Andrew. The lines, head turn and shades of blue are a treat. It’s always good to revisit images as quite often the first evaluation can miss good qualities…and a few less good. This is outstanding.
    Take care and don’t always be so hesitant with the doctor’s visits.

  4. Stunning shot! – and how obliging of the bird to turn its head to look into the picture. Get well soon.

  5. Nice shot…. I think it really can be useful to re-examine what one took on “big” trips. It’s easy to bang off too many frames from the same angle; – at least that’s something I’m guilty of.

    • The challenge in Antarctica John is that much of the shooting is done from a Zodiac so you don’t always get much choice about angle and you are competing with others for prime angle.

  6. Absolutely BRILLIANT ! – definitely worthy of National Geographic … In fact, too good !
    Have you made that appointment yet ??????

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