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Goin' Fishin' for Krzysztof

Goin' Fishin' for Krzysztof
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at treknature: Part Five, Penguins in the Wild, Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-11 8:37
Viewed: 9370
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am dedicating this shot to Krzysztof (Cataclysta) in recognition of his splendid postings and because he has spent time in Antarctica on a research station (I have only visited).

The shot shows a nervous flock of Adelie Penguins heading out to see - there was a large leopard seal cruising just offshore - if you have ever seen the head and teeth on one, you would understand why they were so nervous!

The Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) is a type of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast and nearby islands. Aside from the storm petrel, they are the most southerly distributed of all seabirds. In 1830, French explorer Dumont d'Urville named them for his wife, Adélie.


The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and almost the only part of that continent that extends outside the Antarctic Circle. It lies in the Western Hemisphere, facing South America, making it a part of West Antarctica. It extends from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands, to Prime Head.

The Antarctic Peninsula is important because research has revealed that the forces of climate change are having a great effect on the region. The remote polar position has resulted in the area being dotted with numerous research stations and multiple claims of sovereignty. The peninsula forms part of claims by the Argentine Antarctica, British Antarctic Territory and Chilean Antarctic Territory although the exact boundaries of each claim are still disputed.

The peninsula is highly mountainous, its highest peaks rising to approximately 2,800 metres (9,186 ft). Notable peaks on the peninsula include Mount Castro, Mount Coman, Mount Gilbert, Mount Jackson, Mount William, Mount Owen and Mount Scott. These mountains are considered to be a continuation of the Andes of South America, with a submarine spine connecting the two. That is an argument advanced by Chile and Argentina for their territorial claims.

The landscape of the peninsula is typical Antarctic tundra. The peninsula has a sharp elevation gradient, with glaciers flowing into the Larsen Ice Shelf, which experienced significant breakup in 2002. Other ice shelfs on the peninsular include George VI Ice Shelf, Wilkins Ice Shelf, Wordie Ice Shelf and the Bach Ice Shelf. The Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf lies to the east of the peninsula.

Separating the peninsula from nearby islands is the Antarctic Sound, Erebus and Terror Gulf, George VI Sound, Gerlache Strait and the Lemaire Channel. Further to the west lies the Bellingshausen Sea and in the north is the Scotia Sea. The Antarctic Peninsula and Cape Horn create a funneling effect, which channels the winds into the relatively narrow Drake Passage. Hope Bay, at 63°23′S 057°00′W / -63.383, -57, is near to the northernmost extremity of the peninsula, which is Prime Head, at 63º13'S.

Paulet Island is a circular island about 1 mile (1.6 km) in diameter, lying 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Dundee Island, off the northeastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is composed of lava flows capped by a cinder cone with a small summit crater. Geothermal heat keeps parts of the island ice-free, and the presence of such heat suggests that it was last active within the last 1,000 years. Paulet Island was discovered by a British expedition (1839-1843) under James Clark Ross and named by him for Captain the Right Honorable Lord George Paulet, Royal Navy.

Paulet Island is home to a colony of over 200,000 Adelie penguins, and is a common destination for sub-Antarctic sightseeing tours.

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Hello James, wonderful shot and funny penguins:). TFS.

Dear James
I just switch on my computer ;-) and I saw this great photo. Thank you very much for the dedication. Beautiful shot. I didn’t have the opportunity to see this species. When I was on King George Island it was already to late for Adelie. Fantastic moment, beautiful light and fantastic, big group of penguins. I like it very, very much
Very best wishes from Poland

hello james,
fine dedication, you have captured a fine shot here, i liked the composition and the pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello James,

What a great photograph! Penguins are such entertaining birds! I hope they managed to avoid the teeth of the leopard seal!

Lovely composition using the rule of the three.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-11 9:28]

Hi James. Its hard to think what 200,000 penguins would look like . Your picture shows them just waiting for one to make a move and then they will be off. As always such interesting notes to go with your picture.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-11 10:00]

Hi James,

It's been a long since you have posted your penguins. It's delightful to see them again. A wonderful shot of this flock gazing out at the sea. They look so human - could be a group of tourists waiting for orders from their guide.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-11 10:32]

Hello James,
Again in an other part of the world. Wonderful scene. Beautiful colours and a splendid composition.
Kind regards,

Hello James,
Another interesting contribution.
The content of your photos is always educational
and you provide us a lot of in depth info through your notes.
Well done
Thanks for sharing

Hello James,
Awesome shot with the right moment to see all these fellows lining up to go to fishing! very amuzing!
Thank you for the wonderful notes regarding the speices!
take care and regards

Hi James.
To be there and visualy see this must be awesome. Wonderful image with great notes to go with it, they look like they are hanging back for the right moment.
Excellent detail.


Hi James,

Superb shot mate, wonderful colours and detail, must be an amazing site to see in real life, t.f.s.

Cheers Rick :)

Hi James,
A nice dedication for Chris. A very well composed image of these beautiful penguins. Very good details with a nice view. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi My friend James,
An excellent shot of these cute penguins with wonderful details, nice DOF and composition.
Many thanks for sharing this!

PS. sorry for the delay on visiting this. I had some troubles with my PC at home last day!

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-09-12 3:36]

HI James,
Beautiful image,i would personally have cropped off a bit off the top as i find the bright surf on the top right a little distracting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-12 10:27]

Hahaha! Beautiful, just beautiful, what a moment and what a fabulous image, great job on the high lights! Thanks my friend!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-12 13:14]

Hi James,
very funny shot of these wide-eyed penguins :-)
This is a brilliant dedication to Krzysztof.
Well composed.
Superb exposure.

Well done,

Hello James
nice to see famous Adelie Penguins from your perfect shot. Wonderful composition and POV. focus and colors also superb. Your notes always nice to read and informative. Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-12 21:14]

Hello James, Well I can visualise the scene. I am sure it must be a delightful scene. Well shot and well presented. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-13 6:07]

Hello James,
Great view of this crowd leaving land to escape the 'nasty' Leopard Seal that no doubt is waiting for them out there!! Strange behaviour that must be due to panic! Very well composed showing sharp details and nice light.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-19 12:56]

Wow James

It looks like the first day of the harrods sale with all the characters pushing to get to the front. Lovely composition, great details and just a wonderful scene



hello James

my new way to view and criticize image
(if i don't anser to the critiques i receive)
it is to go continent by continent to view choose
and critique images, it was longtime i did not came
in Antarctica section of TN, i decide to do it today and
what a wonderful surprise i found you over there,

excellent shot of these pinguins with fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful luminosity of the image with excellent sharpness and details,



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