Snow Angels of the South – pt IV

Snow Petrel

Snow Petrels are part of the tubenose-family, the family of the albatrosses, shearwaters and (storm-)petrels. This means they are well adapted to a life at sea and feel at home in big storms. So when we had around 30 Snow Petrels following the ship in 35-40 knots of wind, I decided to pick up my camera and try to capture these beautiful birds in these unforgiving conditions. It was a series with a very low success-rate as it was already  difficult to keep standing in these conditions, let alone trying to aim a camera at a small bird and take pictures without motion blur… And the wind made it very cold, so I couldn’t stand outside too long.

Later that day, back inside with a nice cup of hot chocolate, it turned out that in between the many out of focus or empty pictures, a few good ones were made.

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