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Megadyptes antipodes

Megadyptes antipodes
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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: 2007-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Marumi UV 58mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-30 3:12
Viewed: 5148
Points: 32
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Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)
Maori name: Hoiho
Status: Endemic
Size: Adults 65 - 68cm
Weight: 5 - 8kg
Colour: Slate grey/blue back, white breast and belly, Yellow eyes and eye band. Flesh coloured feet.
Habitat: Forest and scrub land
Voice: A shrill call.
Lifespan: At least 22 years.
Eggs: Usually lays two white eggs.
Population: Mainland New Zealand, estimated 450 pairs (2002)
Stewart Island, estimated 200 pairs (Blair, 2000)
Sub-antarctic islands, estimated 1200 pairs (Moore, 1992)

Juvenile birds: Immature birds, have grey eyes and absence of yellow eye band, and yellow head plumage muted or absent. Adult plumage achieved at 14 - 16 months.

Chicks: Chicks are coated with thick dark brown down feathers.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 16:55 p.m.
Date: 23rd May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Filter: Marumi UV 58mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
Lovely portrait of this beautiful Penguin.
Sharpness and lighting are excellent and due to that details in the fur and soft color tones are wonderfully visible.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Good portrait of the Yellow-eyed Penguin
Good light and exposure
I like the water droplets on the breast
Nice composition


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-30 4:02]

Hello Pam,
Very fine portrait of a Yellow-eyed Penguin. of high technical quality with excellent light management, enhanced by fine composition and pleasing BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Pam, wat realy very nice shot, colors arent fantastic, cheer,

Thanks for your kind words on my recent picture of a butterfly, Pam. I'm honoured!

Your picture of this special penguin is a marvellous bit of nature photography.

Thanks for sharing the picture and warm regards.

Hello Pam,

Such a wonderful, close-up of this delightful penguin! It is sharp and the details of the feathers is amazing! Even the tiny waterdroplets are evident on its breast and its beak.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Awesome!!! Terrific composition resulting in an outstanding image.
Excellent colour and detail.
Nice one Pam.

Hello Pam,
Nice compo.
Hoiho sounds good:-)
Well done

Nice portrait of this Hoiho Pam.
We don't see these hear quite as much as the little blues.
Great shot.

Very fine sharp. Excellent details and lovely colours. Very nice shot.
Best wishes,

Belle photo de ce genre de pingoin,très beau, jolies couleurs,tete et bec superbes,et bon oeil. Amitiés Thomas
je reviens

I don't know that Mr. Hoiho was pleased to become your model or not. But he enjoyed your work and also we are.

Hi Pam,

This is a nice sharp image of this cute penguin. For some reason I feel that it should be cropped more for a portrait or left larger for a full size image. As it is, it makes me uncomfortable for some reason... it feels like he is just cut in half, or his little "arms" are constrained or ?????. I can't put my finger on it exactly. I tried a workshop.

Evelynn : )

Hi Pam,
This rocks! What a great looking penguin! Nice exposure with beautiful colors and sharp detail. Very nice OOF backround. I wonder if he puts highlights in his hair?
Well done my friend!

Hello Pam,
Those fellows are totally cute, no wonder they are so popular in many settings!
This is an amazing close-up with impressive details, good portrait qualities and great reproduction of the plumage!
Pablo -

Super fantasic clarity in this close up shot, the details in the feathers are very nice and the full lighting on your subject makes this a spectacular shot Pam. :)

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