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Humboldt penguin

Humboldt penguin
Photo Information
Copyright: Thomas Warratz (Oldtree) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 92] (256)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 70-300
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Penguins (Spheniscidae) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-21 6:08
Viewed: 6430
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now, we are coming to the Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) on our walk through the birds park walsrode.

This station is always a favorite for my daughter. Half of the pool is surrounded by a stonewall 1 meter high, so the children can easily look over it or sit on it to watch these birds. They are absolutely not shy (sometimes I regret that because some parents don't pay enough attension on what there children do, which is not always nice) and so can view this species in great detail.
The following information can be found here.

Humboldt penguins, also known as the Peruvian penguins, are members of the Spheniscus genus, This warm weather penguin lives mostly on rocky mainland shores, especially near cliffs, or on islands off the coasts of Chile and Peru. They do not migrate preferring to reside in temperate waters year round...
... Using their strong wings as flippers, Humboldts 'fly' underwater, usually just below the surface, at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, taking small fish and krill and eating them whole. They steer with their feet and tail. Their feathers are stiff and overlap to waterproof and insulate their body. Like all penguins, they have excellent eyesight both underwater and on land...
...Humboldt penguins can breed at any time of the year depending on food availability. Sexual maturity is reached between 2 and 7 years old. Nests or burrows are established in caves, cracks or holes and occasionally in more open sites such as on a rocky shore. Females lay one, two, or three eggs with both parents taking turns incubating them for a period of about 40 days. Chicks are born with greyish brown, downy feathers...
...Humboldts live approximately 20 years in the wild; up to 30 years in zoos...

To see the pinguin in total view please see my enclosed workshop.

marhowie, japie, PDP, RAP, gerhardt, extramundi, Signal-Womb has marked this note useful
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Thomas, I found your note a great read. Excellent head/profile shot & it's uniquely captured this way in the water. Good detail - Excellent job on this!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-21 10:33]

You could just have placed the eye and I would have given you points. The eye is stunning and the rest of the image is sharp. The DOF and color is good too. Very good post. Nobody asleep here I see

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-21 11:03]

Excllent work Thomas. Great close up and POV, the details are terrific. Good work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-21 11:13]

Excelente primer plano con muchos detalles y gran agudeza.
Bellos tonos y acertada perspectiva.
Buen disparo Thomas.

Excellent close up with many details and great sharpness.
Beautiful tones and guessed right perspective.
Nice shot Thomas.

Thomas excellent portrait of this flipper. You managed the reflections very well, without losing the wet look. Blacks & whites as well. I think Japie has a point with the eye detail. Superb stuff. Thanx for sharing.

Beautiful reflections give this a stunning detail. The tones are very good and the crop too.

Excellent shot Thomas. Great colour, sharpness and contrast. You must have had your zoom at full stretch to capture that one.

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