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Whale, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand

Posted by
Nik (Bude, United Kingdom) on 14 August 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I had to wait nearly a week in Kaikoura for suitable conditions to go out and see the sperm whales but it was well worth it in the end. I was able to fill in my time walking in the Kaikoura Ranges behind, so the wait was not too frustrating!
The guys who run the boats seem to know within a few seconds when the whales are about to dive.

Please have a look at my other photoblog at where I post daily images of the South West of England (where I live). I really appreciate your comments on both of them.

Sylvia from Noord-Limburg, Netherlands

Amazing shot with a stunning background!

14 Aug 2011 8:25am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Which marvel to witness it. I was lucky in Quebec a few years ago, it is the pure happiness that to see jumping these big cetaceans. Very beautiful photo!

14 Aug 2011 9:01am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I agree with Sylvia.

14 Aug 2011 9:09am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Wow! Wonderful!

14 Aug 2011 12:09pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Mama mia! What an absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking picture Nik - supereb - the view at the back is so magnificent - the mountains are indeed lovely. Such a high quality shot - top stuff!

14 Aug 2011 3:14pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A wonderful picture, congratulations. Good day.

14 Aug 2011 3:22pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

An moment in white paradise....Outstanding!

14 Aug 2011 4:26pm

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

very beautiful.

14 Aug 2011 4:41pm

Mariska from Stellenbosch, South Africa

love the balance and the soft light. and what spectacular mountains...

14 Aug 2011 7:04pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

un moment magique, et un décor magnifique!

14 Aug 2011 8:15pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Beautiful simplicity and balance of compositiion. Whales are such amazing, majestic animals to witness in the wild. The setting here is just marvelous.

14 Aug 2011 10:31pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Wonderful composition and just all around super cool.

15 Aug 2011 4:11am

k@ from Paris, France

Pure feeling !

15 Aug 2011 8:29am

Christophe from Cherbourg, France

Magnifique de pureté !

15 Aug 2011 9:25am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

Beautiful capture and fabulous composition. Whales are such amazing animals. Well done!

15 Aug 2011 11:29am

apodromos from chalkida, Greece

beautiful photo !

15 Aug 2011 11:33am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Wonderful picture!
Magical moment! Thank you for sharing.

15 Aug 2011 7:40pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing....perfect timing..beautiful background...5*

16 Aug 2011 7:37am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

A dream sighting and a dream shot - bravo! Just wonderful!

16 Aug 2011 11:07am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Oh, wonderful moment is well framed here!

16 Aug 2011 4:14pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Une rencontre magique dans ce bleu limpide. Amazing view!

16 Aug 2011 5:36pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Congratulation! Nice photo! lovely and very neat color tones! thumbs up!

16 Aug 2011 5:41pm

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Gorgeous - and well worth the wait! Congrats!!!

16 Aug 2011 8:48pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

For those of us still surrounded by concrete, this is a vision from another planet ! A truly remarkable moment and a superb image. Congrats on the Color Spotlight.

17 Aug 2011 6:03am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Congratulations on color spotlight !!...Great !!

17 Aug 2011 6:13am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Congratulations on Spotlight with this awesome shot.

17 Aug 2011 6:46am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the color spotlight !

17 Aug 2011 9:36am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant capture with the whale coming through for you in the foreground! the misted mountains make for a fantastic backdrop!

19 Aug 2011 2:52am

LAE from Chesterton, United States

Just amazing !

19 Aug 2011 3:17am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Wow, incredible timing, and I just love the endless blues of the sea, hills, and sky.

19 Aug 2011 5:06pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

;) That is beautiful, right spot, right time.

21 Aug 2011 11:04am

Reza from Tehran, Iran

wow, I love your shot

22 Aug 2011 1:09pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful capture and share. Stunning scenery and whale.

24 Aug 2011 1:17am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Excellent Shot

27 Aug 2011 12:36pm