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Macaroni Penguin

Macaroni Penguin
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Copyright: Yves Grenier (eev) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 18-55mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 19:10
Viewed: 4695
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This large, crested penguin is similar in appearance to other members of the genus Eudyptes; the macaroni penguin is, however, larger than all other species except the royal penguin. Adult macaroni penguins have golden-yellow plume-like feathers that arise from a central patch on the forehead, extending back along the crown and drooping down behind the eye. The head, chin, throat and upper parts are black; the underparts are white and the flippers are black on the upper surface but mainly white below. Males and females are similar in appearance, but males tend to be slightly larger. Immature birds lack the head plumes or have a few sparse yellow feathers on the forehead; their bills are smaller than those of adults and are brownish-black in color.

The macaroni penguin has a circumpolar range. It breeds at 50 known sites on sub-Antarctic islands in the South Atlantic and southern Indian Oceans, with one breeding site on the Antarctic Peninsula. The range of the macaroni penguin outside of the breeding season is unknown, although it is thought that it stays in Antarctic waters.

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Hi Yves,

Interesting subject. I would have liked to have seen more of the eye and would have cropped differently. The space on the right is wasted and does not contribute to the photograph.

The image seems to be sharp, the white on the bib is not OEed, DOF suitable - which is good.


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