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Adele Penguin Feeding its Chick

Adele Penguin Feeding its Chick
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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: 2001-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 3, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2-, Penguins in the Wild, Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-20 7:50
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For todays' posting I have switched Poles - to the rarely visited South Orkney Islands. We were very lucky as the weather was stunning. I have posted so much about Adele penguins that I have icluded some information about the islands instead.

This is a scanned slide.

The South Orkney Islands are a group of islands in the Southern Ocean. The islands have been administered as part of British Antarctic Territory since 1962 and prior to this as a Falkland Islands Dependency. Under the Antarctic Treaty 1959, the Islands' sovereignty is neither recognized nor disputed by the signatories and they are free for use by any signatory for non-military use. The islands are claimed by Argentina which has maintained a permanent base there since 1904.

The South Orkney Islands were discovered in 1821 by two sealers, Nathaniel Brown Palmer and George Powell. The Islands were originally named Powell's Group, with the main island named Coronation island as it was the year of the coronation of King George IV. In 1823, James Weddell visited the Islands, gave the archipelago its present name (after the Orkney Islands, Scotland) and also renamed some of the islands. Interestingly, the South Orkney Islands are located at roughly the same latitude south as the Orkney Islands are north (60S vs 59N), although it is not known if this was a factor behind the naming of the islands.

Subsequently, the Islands were frequently visited by sealers and whalers, but no thorough survey was ever done until the expedition of William Speirs Bruce on the Scotia in 1903, which overwintered at Laurie Island. Bruce surveyed the islands, reverted some of Weddell's name changes, and established a meteorological station, which was sold to the Argentinian Government upon his departure in 1904. This base, renamed Orcadas in 1951, is still in operation today and is thus the oldest research station continuously staffed in the Antarctic.

In 1908, the United Kingdom declared sovereignty over all Antarctic and South American territories south of their colony in the 50 parallel, including the South Orkney Islands. The Islands were then regarded to be part of the Falkland Islands Dependency. A biological research station on Signy Island was built in 1947 by the British Antarctic Survey.

The Islands are situated at latitudes about 6030' to 6083' S, and longitudes 4425' to 4625' W in the Southern Ocean. As a group of islands, the South Orkney Islands are located at approximately 6035′S, 04530′WCoordinates: 6035′S, 04530′W.

The archipelago comprises four main islands. Coronation Island is the largest island; its highest point is Mount Nivea and rises to 1266 m above sea level. Laurie Island is the easternmost of the islands. The other islands are the smaller Powell Island, Signy Island and Robertson Island, as well as a few tiny ones named Saddle Islands. In total, these island have a surface of about 620 km, most of which is covered with ice.

The Inaccessible Islands about 15 nm to the west are also considered part of the South Orkneys.

The climate of the South Orkneys is generally cold, wet, and windy. Summers are short and cold (December to March) when the average temperatures reach about 2C and fall to about -10C in winter (i.e., in July). The extrema reach about 12C and -44C, respectively. The seas around the islands are ice-covered from late April to November.

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great pic! TFS Ori

Hi James,
What a beautiful shot of these cute penguins showing the parental care my friend! TFS.


Hello James,

A very cute and beautiful picture. Excellent sharpness. Light and colours are splendid.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-20 8:54]

Excellent shot, James!
You capture not only the animal very well but also it's behaviour.
The timing here is perfect!
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb clarity.

Really well done!!


p.s I've sent you an email!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-20 9:41]

Hi James . this picture looks 3D on my screan they are jumping out at me. a nice moment with the young being fed. great detail and colours. well done TFS. Good notes too.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-20 9:43]

Hi James,

This is priceless!!! You caught the action in a perfect shot. Unlike the little birds who put the seeds in the babies mouths it looks like the chick is taking food out of the adult's moutn. Fascinating to see - even in a picture.


Hello James,
Many thanks for your effort to share such a beautiful posting of Adele Penguin!
the lighting is so beautiful here with great pose of them!
the image is in total sharpness, nice colour and details
well done
have a wonderful weekend, James

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-20 9:47]

Hello James,
Excellent photo of these Penguins. Sharpness and details are gorgeous. Very beautiful light and colours. Great POV and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello James,

a cute shot of these penguins.
Nice parentel care and on the just moment taken.
Well done!

Hello James
You were really close with the 70-200...Perfect focus and framing..if anything is missing then it would have to be the regurgitated fish transfer between parent and young.
All the Best

Well done photo, James. A weird and funny chick:-).
As always a very interesting note.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-20 13:47]

Hola James.
Gran contenido en esta hermosa foto. La madre alimentando a su pequea cria. Fina foto James.

hello James

i love your image, and this one too it is a great image
that could ne published in National Geographic, fine POV & DOF,
excellent luminosity, great sharpness and details, i love
the parents i love the parent's eye-contact with his chick
and same thing for the chick, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-20 23:04]

Hello James,
Lovely capture of the Adele Penguin feeding its youngster. Beautiful light and sharp details. Lovely colours too and a fine composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi James,
You are my neighbor today. A lovely capture of this beautiful penguin family. Superb composition and excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

This is great James.
How you manage the balanced exposure in such bright light with such contrasts is nothing short of miraculous.
A great effort.
Very nicely captured!
Well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-21 3:34]

Hello James, what a shot. Feeding time and family reunion. Excellent subject well presented and superb notes. great shot in total. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-21 4:35]

Hi James,
Scene you captured is so intimate and so beautiful. Well done and TFS

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  • Enzo63 (34)
  • [2008-06-21 11:47]

Hi James it's a very sweet picture.
Very very nice shot.

Bye Vincenzo

An intimate moment, James, captured with precision!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-23 5:35]

hello James,
Very vivid and interesting shot of this mother Adele Penguin trying to feed her chick, which seems a little bit tired. Nice to have such pictures in the archives. Thanks also for your note on birds and the History of South Orkneys.
Thanks and best regards

Nice shot. The eye of the penguin stands out against its white head.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-10 3:19]

Hi James,
I love this one:)
And i cant believe this is a scanned slide...Wow!..And before i write a critique i should first add it to my favourites.

The chick and its mum looks wonderful as a daily activity goes on. The BG in the form of the subject's community adds to the beauty fo the presentation.

The light, colours and the mood is wonderful.Very well done.

TFS & Cheers

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