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Gentoo Penguin


Gentoo Penguin
Photo Information
Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm 1.8
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Penguins (Spheniscidae), Marine Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-27 11:47
Viewed: 32331
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A portrait of a Gentoo penguin.
Picture was taken just outside the door of a Chilean base in the South Shetland Islands. It was amazing since the penguins have their nesting colony and they did not fear humans at all.

More information from penguintag.org:

Scientific name: Pygoscelis papua

Standing Height: 30-35 inches
Weight: 10-14 pounds

Home:
Around the globe on sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Habits:
Gentoos remain at their colonies year round. The colonies are seldom located in the same spot from year to year because by the end of one breeding season the bird's nesting activities have destroyed the vegetation and therefore they move to greener areas the following season.

Predators:
Sea lions, Orcas, leopard seals prey on adults while skuas, Dominican gulls and striated caracaras take chicks and eggs.

Population estimated at 628,000 birds.

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Nice portrait Shir. Maybe cropped a bit tight. Lovely subject with interesting note. Thanks

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-28 11:37]

Wow... what a close-up. I have always wanted to see a penguin.. in the wild. Now that is a tete-a-tete. Beautiful shot with great details. Wish there were more space around him. Very good shot. TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-28 7:35]

Well captured Shir, excellent portrait of the Gentoo penguin, very clear details and good sharpness. Well done.

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