With his legs dangling over the edge, Andrew tried to avoid any foreground showing in the picture by leaning right into the gale-force westerly blowing off the Atlantic. 'Like so many people with a fear of heights, I am almost hypnotically drawn to drops, and I was determined to show the fulmar as part of this spectacularly precipitous landscape - though if the wind had stopped, I might have had a problem.' The fulmar is such an aerodynamic bird that the splayed tail feathers and legs seem comically incongruous. But the bird was, in fact, coping perfectly well with the winds surging up the cliff face. Indeed, it seemed to be just enjoying riding the swells.
Nikon D300 + 18-70mm lens; 1/100 sec at f6.3; ISO 400.
Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Shetland Islands, UK
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Andrew Parkinson, United Kingdom
Andrew is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine, has completed nine photo features for BBC Wildlife Magazine and has been published in Audubon, Geo and Terre Sauvage. He has won multiple awards for his photography and is most often drawn to the wildlife and wild places of the UK.