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The Krill was This Big!!

The Krill was This Big!!
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Penguins, Penguins in the Wild, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-15 4:40
Viewed: 6183
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought this shot was quite amusing - the penguin is stretching, but looks a bit like it is boasting about the size of its catch. This is a scanned slide.

The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) is a species of penguin which is found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island, Balleny and Peter I Island. Their name derives from the narrow black band under their heads which makes it appear as if they are wearing black helmets, making them one of the most easily identified types of penguin. Other names for them are "Ringed Penguins", "Bearded Penguins", and "Stonecracker Penguins" due to their harsh call. They grow to 68 cm (27 in) and there are approximately 7,500,000 breeding pairs. The average adult weight of a Chinstrap Penguin is 4.5 kg (10 lbs). Their diet consists of krill (a shrimp-like sea creature) and fish.

On land they build circular nests from stones, and lay around two eggs, which are incubated by both the male and the female for shifts of five to ten days. They can also breed on icebergs, though they prefer non-icy conditions. The chicks hatch after about 35 days, and have fluffy gray backs and white fronts. The chicks stay in the nest for 2030 days before they go to join a creche. At around 5060 days old, they moult, gaining their adult plumage and go to sea.

The Chinstrap are some of the boldest and most aggressive penguins.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-15 5:00]

hello James,
Very funny picture, indeed. Reminds me of some politicians looking for inspiration.. or may be for some heavenly lift off.
Thanks a lot

Hello James,

Very nice composition. Good focus. It would have been better with more light, but we cannot command the sun indeed.
Well done,

Hello James,
Some birds are more fun than others.
Penguins for instance.
Ostrich too...
This moment is well captured and interpreted!
Pablo -

Hello again James!
And this time I need to start in this way: hahaha!!! What a funny title to this great picture! Perfect timing and really great idea for presentation! :>
Friendly yours,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-15 7:09]

Hi James. This has made me smile on a dull afternoon and no i need to go xmas shoping sunday. So this is mine kind of shot. great timing . good detail . well done TFS. good notes too.

It should come as no surprise to me that perhaps you know how to write grants!!! How in the world did you manage to get all over the world with camera in hand. I would really like to hear that part of th story. Your title is quite apt for the moment which was unique indeed!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-15 9:01]

Ha Ha! Very funny shot James.
The title is P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!
Great pose and POV.
Excellent image quality.
I like the simple composition.
Well done,
Joe :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-15 9:27]

Hi James,

This is a priceless capture. Your title is just perfect. The pose of the penguin on the rock is marvelous. And I love the way the other one is looking at him. Great timing and reaction to get this one.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-15 10:14]

Hello James, this is a very amusing shot and very well composed, it tells a story and could have many titles. I think we all think Penguins are very endearing with their comical character. He may be making a speech with a a very attentive audience of one. Great focus, exposure and sharpness also good light and colours.

Merry Christmas to you & your family James,
Well done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-15 14:26]

Hi James, lovely and funny picture, I love it. The colours are just great and what's to be said about the pose of the penguins. This one tells a story, congratulations!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-15 14:31]

Hello James,
You hit the nail on the head with the title for me, as I'm an old fisherman and have told those stories. Very cute capture, with great sharpness and composition, this is going to my favorites.

Hi James,
What a cute shot ! Love the pose and your scense of humor!

Attributing human characteristics to animals is often irresistible. It is indeed an amusing image. Even his curled little toes add to the impression. It's super.

Evelynn : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-16 8:09]

Hahaha yes another fisherman story ! Great shot James, it made me laugh ! Great moment, composition and technique. Well done, thanks !


Hello James,
What a cute and pretty shot from you!!
This is an amazing capture of these Penguin with nice pose.
Also, outstanding details and vivid colouration here.
Well presented with your note too.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-16 14:23]

Hello James

A penguin doing his impression of a bowling pin.
A lovely shot showing penguin behaviour.
The focus and details are very good.
Natural colours and lighting.


Reminds me of Snoopy doing the happy dance!
An adorable shot.
I was sad tonight and this picture lifted my spirits. Thanks!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-17 0:42]

Hi James,
what a great shot! Perfect timing here, i like the way the other Penguin seems to be listening as his boastful friend stands on his pedastal to tell enyone who'll listen about his catch! Brilliant composition, excellent job on the exposure and sharp detail too, very well done, loads of character.

Hi James!

What a funny picture! The scene could be used in one of those films where they let speak the animals...

Very well composed, perfect lighting.

Kind regards


Hi James,
A beautiful capture of these chinstrap penguins. Very nice composition and good details with good informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-17 5:57]

Hello James,
Very amusing and a well-timed shot! I like your caption too. The one on the left watching his mate looks great too. It must be such fun to see these in the wild. I love watching them on films! Excellent capture!!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-19 21:34]

Hi James.
I like this so attractive scene. It is really wonderful. Composition is spot on and DOF is selected very well. Surroundings are very impressive and well detailed. Youi managed to create a true three-dimensional image. My compliments.

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