How to Soar. In Four Photographs.

wing-tipping Laysan albatross
Laysan albatrosses are known for flying over waves, tipping one wing and trailing its very tip in the water. Here’s nearly the same action over land. A little dangerous, if you ask me!
silhouette of soaring laysan albatross
Because it was dusk, requiring a slow shutter speed, most of my photographs were blurry. So, I just shot into the sun for silhouettes.
silhouetted soaring laysan albatross
This particular Laysan albatross kept circling over my head–so close, in fact, that my camera had a hard time focusing on it.
soaring laysan albatross
And coming from the other direction, I finally got a decent shot, so you can see the bird’s coloration. I wish I could fly like that.

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. diane tilley says:

    I sure miss seeing them.

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    1. Kim says:

      When are you due back, Diane?

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  2. Anne Detweiler says:

    Love all your articles and photos, Kim, and really LOVE these photos. Thanks!

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    1. Kim says:

      Thanks, Anne. It was a special moment, for sure.

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  3. bigsurwriter says:

    Beautiful photos, Kim. My favorite 2 are the first and last, although I love the others too. You caught the Albatross surfing so well, and as for the last photo ……..gosh! Such a catch, I want to keep looking at his head in particular. Do you know how many of the birds have returned to Kauai yet?

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    1. Kim says:

      Thanks, Belinda. Hard to say how many have returned since they fly/nest all over the north shore and around the corner on the southwest side of the island. But hundreds, for sure.

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  4. Pam says:

    Silky sharp razors
    Slicing sky in silhouette
    Wishing I could soar.

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    1. Kim says:

      Love this haiku, Pammy! You got it!

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