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HoiHo - Juvenile Yellow-Eyed Penguin

HoiHo - Juvenile Yellow-Eyed Penguin
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2006-07-27 8:54
Viewed: 5952
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-eyed Penguin (Maori Name: Hoiho which mean 'Noise Shouter')

Conservation status: Endangered

The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or Hoiho is a penguin found in New Zealand, on the south-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Auckland and Campbell Islands.

This is a medium-sized penguin with pale yellow eyes, growing to approximately 65 cm.The average weight for an adult is 5 to 6 kilograms. It has a pale yellow head with black feather shafts. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the back of the head. The juvenile has a greyer head with no band and their eyes have a grey iris.

This penguin usually nests in forest or scrub. It feeds mainly on blue cod, red cod, opalfish, sprat and squid.

The current status of this penguin is endangered, with an estimated population of 4,000. It is considered one of the world's rarest penguin species. The main threats include habitat degradation, introduced predators as well as environmental changes.

It is thought to be the most ancient of all living penguins.

In spring 2004, a previously undescribed disease killed off 60% of Yellow-eyed penguin chicks on the Otago peninsula and in North Otago. The disease has been linked to an infection of corynebacterium, a family of bacteria that also causes diphtheria in humans. It has recently been described as diphtheritic stomatitis. However, it seems as if this is just a secondary infection. The primary pathogen remains unknown.

Several mainland colonies have hides and are relatively easily accessible for those wishing to watch the birds come ashore. These include colonies at Oamaru, Moeraki light-house, a number of beaches near Dunedin, and The Catlins.

The above obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-Eyed_Penguins


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:19 p.m.
Date: 20th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100 - 400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-Stop: F/5
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 100
Support: Timber Inside Hide
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,

It's a beauty, excellent shot and well done on the composition. The water drops are a nice bonus.


Hi Pam,
Very good framing, sharpness, POV, and detail.
Nice color and light, and those water drops covering the front of the penguin add well :)
Well done and TFS!

Hi Pam, nice shot with great details and true colors.

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-07-27 11:07]

Hi Pam, un bello retrato de este ave tan atractiva. TFS.
Jose Luis

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-07-27 11:18]

Excellent portrait and such a classic look to the penguin, suppose some will bitch about the water reflection in the top right, ignore them, thats nature and thats what this is all about, well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-07-27 12:36]

It seems to be alert. Excellent pose.

I do enjoy pose a lot; besides, you did a great job with the whites - no overexposure at all.

As usual, great sharpness - and great composition.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-27 14:25]

Hi Pam,

What a lovely little fellow, I love his expression, the detail of the water droplets is really good

TFS Hilary

Hello Pam,
this is a great picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness and POV too. As usual an excellent note and composition. Thank you for posting.

Wonderful capture Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-28 3:13]

Hi Pam,
nice portrait of penguin, good pov and colours, interesting note. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-28 11:01]

I like this young guy and you make a nice photo of him with his droplets! His expression and pose are nice. Perhaps I would have cancel his metallic ring... Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

Hello Pam, First of all, let me congratulate you because you reached the great score of 10000 critics given!!! And critics are a must to whoever wants to improve their performance. So let me thank you for all of us who has received your so pertinent critics in the past. Now about your picture: This pinguins is so cute!!! I like the way he is standing and held his head! Droplets on his features add to to realism of the picture. Great pov and good composition! Maybe a little bit dark: the use of a flash would have help here, I think (but not a big deal!) Great picture, Pam and TFS,


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-28 17:27]

Hi Pam,

Excellent shot.
Great light, details, colors and composition.
Very nice BG, POV, DOF and framing.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Pam,
A very nice shot on this Yellow-eyed Penguin. Nice subtle color and sharp detail. The water droplets on the plumage really look great!

This is a really nice portrait of this penguin, matter of fact I think its the best picture of this species. :)

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