Humpback Whales

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  1. Jul 29, 2018 #1

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    The family was up at Port Macquarie the week before last to escape the Canberra cold. I was amazed how many whales I could see marching up the coast on their migration from Antartica. It was the first time I had ever seen a whale in the flesh. On one day I saw six different pods and I wasn't even trying. The Humpback Whale numbers are actually growing rapidly. At the end of the 1960's their numbers were down to 200-300 individuals along the coast of Australia. Since the whaling ban, their numbers have increased to currently around 33,000 (close to pre-whaling days). Their population is doubling every seven years - an incredible rate of increase and there is no sign this is declining.

    My daughter and I took a tour out to see them where I snapped these photos.


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    Wow. You are so lucky to witness something as awesome as that
     
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    Great photos by the way
     
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    no hatred!!
    I thought aussies hated whales
     
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    Only on the 'barbie' (BBQ)
     
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    Great photos David.
    Any tech details?
     
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    Awesome. Glad they are increasing.
     
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    Whales are wonderful mammals, they make the same sound as our planetary electromagnetic sound waves in the outer atmosphere, the aussie statement I made was just fecetious...lol..
     
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    so was mine.........
     
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    Awesome, I love humpbacks. When I was on an Alaska cruise years ago was the only time I have seen them in the wild. Thank you for these wonderful photos!
    Suzy
     
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    Nice, thanks for sharing. Don't let Trump hear they are coming back or he will make it legal to hunt them! :(
     
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    Fake whales
     
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    Wonderful photos and fandamntastic news that the humpbacks are increasing.
    I've only seen whales from a distance and it thrilled me. To get up so close
    must have been overwhelming!
     
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    I shot with a 200 mm lens. I probably could have done with a bit more reach - maybe 300 mm would have been good. I just set the camera on auto ISO at 1/2000 of a second to freeze the movement. There was a professional photographer and they were using 1/2000 of a second as well. F 6.3. ISO 140. When the whale jumped I just pressed the shutter in continuous mode.
     
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    thanks.
    Always good to get pro tips - very fast shutter
     
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    what an awesome experience. Thanks for the photos
     
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    Awesome photos!
     

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