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February 3, 2017

Take Off

Birds fly over Bass Rock, a seabird sanctuary in Scotland's Firth of Forth. The rocky island is home to 150,000 northern gannets, the world's largest population. John Birch says a slow shutter speed helped him capture the "several thousand [that] are in the air at any one time, circling in the same direction to avoid a collision." This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by John Birch, National Geographic Your Shot

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