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Rockhopper Sunrise

Rockhopper Sunrise
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Penguins in the Wild [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-02 2:25
Viewed: 5245
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a scanned slide. It was taken at the New Island colony, just after sunrise.

This is the smallest yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, reaching a length of 55cm (22 in) and having an average weight of 3.35 kg (7.4 lbs). It has slate-grey upperparts and a straight, bright yellow eyebrow ending in long yellowish plumes projecting sideways behind a red eye. It breeds in colonies, from sea-level to cliff-tops, and sometimes inland. It feeds on krill, squid, octopus, fish, molluscs, plankton, cuttlefish, and crustaceans.

Rockhopper Penguins have a global population of about 3.5 million pairs. The nominate subspecies chrysocome breeds on the Falkland Islands, and on islands off Argentina and southern Chile. The subspecies moseleyi, possibly a distinct species (as Northern Rockhopper Penguin, E. moseleyi) breeds on islands in Tristan da Cunha, and Amsterdam and St Paul Islands. The subspecies filholi breeds on the Prince Edward Islands, the Crozet Islands, the Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, Macquarie Island, and Campbell Island, New Zealand and the Antipodes Islands.

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Hello James,
Good light...
Well composed.
Beautiful Rockhopper:-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-02 3:33]

Hello James,
great shot of this Rockhopper.
These penguins always look so mischeivous ;)
Gorgeous lighting from the deep southern sunrise.
Superb sharpness and detail.
Well done,

The light is fantastic in this capture, James.
You have made the most appropriate use of it here. The bird just glows in it.
Very vivid and pleasant colours.
TFS and regards.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-02 6:35]

Great looking bird you've got here James, some really nice light too with perfect DOF and focus, very well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-02 7:13]

Hi James. Youhave used the light in this one so well. to gine fine detail . with a typical pose and good POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-02 8:03]

Hello James, wonderful shot of this beautiful bird. Very sharp, well exposed and great BG. Good scan too ! :-)


A fine image for a good scanned job...not soft at all, but your worked has worked you twice....yet you in th end were able to save it all....Very good. It is like finding a vein in an old abandoned mine.

This is a nice shot of this cute little fellow. He sure stands out against that dark background. The lighting adds impact to the image.

Evelynn : )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-02 17:13]

Hello James,
Splendid image showing that great eye, great job of getting the exposure so details can be seen in both black and white plummage.

What a cute little guy! Great light and wonderful color. The bright eye and yellow eyebrow are great.
Lovely shot!

Hi James,
Nice to see another great portraite of yours from other side of the world. Excellent macro in great composition, POV and focus. Superb colors. good notes to read. Thanks a lot
best wishes

Hi James,
A lovely capture of this penguin. Very good detail with excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-04 3:09]

Hi James, I do envy your travel you see so much wildlife around the globe. This is a lovely shot of the Rockhopper bathed in the early morning light. The light shows the Penguin off beautifully with excellent detail on the feathers and the colourful eye. They are unusual and your note is very useful (as always). Good focus, expsoure and sharpness throughout, I like the dark background.

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