We had a day at sea after leaving Princess Cays, and while there are many activities on the boat, I was distracted from both activities and eating by a Masked Booby.
The bird was tracking the ship, flying a zigzagging pattern going from one side to the other by crossing in front of the ship. Our room was on the front of the ship, so this worked out for me.
Every once in a while it would spot something, and dive.
I could not see the end of the dive because we were in the middle of the boat. There were other Masked Booby that tracked the boat when we had a cabin on the side, but those shots are not as good as these. I did watch the bird dive, go underwater, come up with a fish, and take off again.
I also saw what looked like a flying fish (it could not be anything else I could think of), but in both cases, I either had no camera with me, or the photos are for crap.
Talk about high dives . . . I was 15 decks above the water; I’m estimating between 100 and 150 feet dives.
The bird is very streamlined.
All of the above shots, and the next two, were taken with the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.
They are cropped a fair amount because the bird would drift quite a ways from the boat.
So, out came the Nikkor 80-400mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
This is a touch and go thing, as the lens is fairly slow, and if you miss the focus, it hunts around for a bit. Still, I could not be happier. All of the next shots are with this lens, and the bird was a fair distance away (hard to judge in open water).
For being a slow lens, it performed admirably.
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I won’t post all the photos here, but you can go to the gallery to see them all.
Some of the photos are a bit grainy at full resolution, but I was shooting at a higher ISO to get sufficiently high shutter speed with this lens.
I did catch the guy checking out his anderwing.
But mostly the guy scanned the water.
After a while, he veered off, drifting far from the boat.
All in all, a pleasant and unexpected experience.
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