Have you ever tried to photograph a bird in flight? I am not a professional photographer, so I kept thinking that it was possible. But I kept failing. These sea birds are majestic in their flight and I really wanted to capture that majesty.
As it happens, a couple of days ago, when the wind was blowing with gale force I got my lucky break. At the time the ship was pointed so that her stern was into the wind. I was at the bow and our usual escort of thousands of sea birds seemed to be playing in the wind. They would fly into the wind for a while and then swoop off of it and zip away with the wind on their tails. While they were flying into the wind they were nearly standing still relative to the ship. This is how I got this picture. I guess when you wait long enough, and you are sufficiently persistent, anything is possible!