|Northern Giant Petrel in Flight, Drake Passage|
Following the ship as we plow through the swells, petrels like these can soar effortlessly for hours, if not days, in the strong wind. This bird flew right along the ship at eye level, apparently curious, and I was able to get this portrait as he passed by the bridge wing. I used a flash to give him a little extra color in the gloomy light, and used a slightly slow shutter speed to give the background a silky motion.
With two long days at sea back to Ushuaia, photographing the world's greatest flying birds is an enjoyable distraction.
Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens