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2nd Gallery ~ The Wild Page

Here are some of the wildlife pictures. These are always a hit with the children when I do my school visits

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The Seals of Cedros Island, Mexico. Resting on the jetty structure in the afternoon sun.

The one in the water had a very difficult time trying to join the others on the ledge.

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This fellow struggled for ages to clamber, above the waterline, upon the ship's bulbous bow to sunbathe!

The vessel was berthing to buoys at Rosarito, Mexico, and working both anchors. The clatter of the chain, close by, did not deter him, or her.

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The graceful giant - the Southern Ocean Albatross

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Low flying bird or high flying fish? Difficult to capture on film from high above on the prow of a supertanker.

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Some flying creatures are not so pretty. During a visit to Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, the locusts were swarming in their millions.

Here is just one of the bigger ones having lunch. 1993

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The free spirit of the seas. Every sailor loves to watch the dolphins playing and performing acrobatics in the bow wave of the ship.

Here the ship's bulbous bow is visible underwater which demonstrates how close these creatures will swim with the ship

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Another dolphin playing around the bow.

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A very lucky observer at the bow may see the occaisional turtle pass by.

Chances to photograph them from a ship are exceedingly rare.

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This rather large seabird was hitching a lift on a bridge wing searchlight. A rather camera-shy individual. It had sat there for ages before I appeared with camera in hand! Perhaps it had spotted something to eat in the water.

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I took this photograph decades ago in Central America and I recall it was a large butterfly with about 4 or 5 inch wingspan. This can be substanciated by the bolt heads on the port (window) frame. These will be at least ˝ inch or 13mm across the flats.

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This crafty bird used the ship to hunt for it's food. When the ship disturbed a shoal of Flying Fish it would swoop down and snatch them above the sea.

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Seals in the White Sea

Seals rest and breed on the winter ice. They quickly dive back into the water when they hear a ship passing close by.

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Lost at Sea

This sizable bird of prey was displaced by a hurricane from it's habitat on the land. Here it is taking a perch atop the forward anchor light.

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Arctic Snowy Owls

Off Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Canada, these young Snowy Owls lost sight of the land during migration and landing on the ship they are confused by the pipes and frames and have to be physically thrown back into the air.

 

Ordinary Seaman, J, (yes his fist name is just 'J') poised to throw a young snowy into the air. Being juviniles their landing skills are not well practiced. Frequently more like crash landings!

 

Three pairs of eyes follow my movements on the foc'sle.

 

This bird landed on top of the winch just a few feet in front of me then swivelled his head all the way round for this picture.

Captured in flight this owl was looking for a suitable place to land.

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Fishermans Friends

This oyster fisherman has many onlookers as he sorts his catch. Pellicans and gulls galore upon the taff rail.

Galveston Bay, Texas ~ January 2009

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