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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature's cutest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 9:34
Viewed: 5120
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo has been languishing in my 'Treknature' folder for just over 7 months, and I was browsing through it today and decided I'd post it. That was before I realised it coincided with some of the strongest winds seen in Britain for 17 years.....

It's a Rockhopper penguin, Eudyptes Chrysocome, in the enclosure at Whipsnade wild animal park. I'm not sure if the curls in it's head plumage are due to the wind or not, but I had to think of a title, so there you are!
These are some of my favourite subjects at the zoo, they are rather photogenic, they sit still a lot, although they are still a challenge for the photographer and the camera because of their colour.

Info on the species, taken from the Whipsnade website:

The smallest of the crested penguins, rock hopper penguins are noisy, feisty and protective of their young. They lay two eggs and only the larger one hatches, to be raised by both parents. Chicks then huddle together in crèches until they moult and head out to sea.

Where they live
Sub-Antarctic islands

Sub-Antarctic oceans and rocky coasts

What they eat
Fish and Krill

Honest critiques encouraged, please tell me what you like or don't like about the photo.


JoseMiguel, PaulH, SelenE, gallezeric, Bufo, nainnain, jaycee, simon182, coasties, RAP, SkyF, marhowie, horia, sAner, mlines, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hi Andy,
I agree with you, this is a really photogenic subject to shot at.
I like the fact that you didn't crop the picture, despite it would have been great to see a close-up of the head and their georgeus eyes, beak's texture and long hairs.
In this full portrait, we can also appreciate their subtle pink legs and the way he seems to be posing for you.
I must say I liked so much the background and their smooth tone transitions.
Congratulations, thanks for share and kind regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-19 9:59]

Hi Andy,

i'm by no means an expert in wildlife photography, so i'll just give you my honest opinion...I think it's great! You've got good detail, a nice pose and the exposure on his white feathers is spot on too. I even like the pink reflected from his feet onto the underside of his belly!

Thanks for sharing.


hi andy,
lovely shot,
well composed with fine pov,
nice colours,
excellent sharpness,
lovely bg,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-19 10:13]

Hi Andy,
The expression on his face is awasome :o) Great clarity, focus , sharpness and composition. BG is very good. TFS

hi Andy,
but me he says does not have to forget to cap this morning in any case beautiful splendid composition colors a perfect clearness cheer


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-19 10:28]
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Hi Andy,
this is really good work if it comes to the right exposure. The white parts are shown well and other parts as well. Also the sharpness is really good. Great overal performance! Maybe the centered position is something we can discuss about.
Compliments, JAcob

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-19 10:51]

Bonne prise,l'oiseau est superbe et est photogénique.Bravo pour l'arrière plan lumineux et les détails.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-19 11:37]

Hi Andy,

What a magnificent shot! Fantastic closeup of the whole penguin! And you are right - it is so timely right now. TFS.


Andy this is so clear and sharp! You can make out the individual hairs on his head easily. Lovely colours and BG is delicious! Really well exposed.
The side profile of his face shows us his magnificent beak. Perhaps not having him slap bang in the middle would have improved the composition more?
Great photo tfs


Hi Andy

This is stunning. Love the colours in the BG. Very nicely composed. Good quality. What a great model! Nice camera work. :-)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-19 14:28]

Una gran imagen Andy, donde captaste toda la belleza de este espécimen, con total agudeza, foco y gran control lumínico que brinda excelentes detalles incluso en las áreas blancas del plumaje.
Me gusta el despegue del animal sobre el apropiado fondo difuso generando un agradable efecto de profundidad.
El encuadre vertical colabora con la estética de la composición.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Great image Andy, where you captured all the beauty of this specimen, with total sharpness, focus and great light control that it offers excellent detail even in the white areas of the plumage.
I like the take off of the animal on the appropriate diffuse bottom generating a pleasant effect of depth.
The vertical framing collaborates with the aesthetics of the composition.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hello Ady.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-19 18:55]

Hello Andy,
I'm glad you finally posted it, this is so adorable. Love the colors and the wonderful details. Very nice OOF BG that shows of this cutie very well. POV, crop and composition are great.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-20 4:30]

Hi Andy

This is simply a flawless picture!
I really kept looking and looking, but i honestly can't point out any mistake ;)
What a charming post!
I really like everyhing from it, beginning with the colros - of both the penguin and the beautiful BG, the sharpness of very detail and all the way to the pose of your cute subject here.
The tech-work is also fantastic and the presentation is great.
My hat's off to you!


demain je vais me coiffer comme cela hihihi
vraiment mignon, belle photo avec pleins de bons détails
bravo et merci du partage

This is an excellent portrait of the rockhopper penguin. I would love to put this in my favorites but I've exceeded the 100 picture limit. Great shot Andy! :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-22 13:44]

Hi there Andy,

I don't understand why you didn't post this picture sooner as I think it rocks! Exposure is spot on, details are razorsharp and the colors are excellent and very natural. The bg is also magnificent and makes this bird stand out very well. You say they're such easy subjects, but I beg to differ! I made a lot of shots when I visited the Rockhoppers with you last September, but I didn't even get one single decent shot. Okay, the circumstances were not ideal then (a little rain, cloudy and all the penguins in a crowd), but I till think you did an amazing job on this bird! Well done & TFS.


Hi Andy. Very sharp photo showing a lot of details. Good note on this species. If possible i would have cropped to leave slightly more photo on the side to which it is looking, not necessarily the 2/3 but a little more would add some more mystique as to what it was looking at. The DOF is very good. TFS. Murray.

Nature cutest:-)
Very good photo. Extraordinary bird.
Good compo, colors, sharpness,...
Well done

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