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King Penguin

King Penguin
Photo Information
Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-23
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-10-24 12:43
Viewed: 3249
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a king penguin taken at Birdland park in Bourton on the Water. I love the colors of these birds so I kept taken shots and may have a few more of these magnifecent birds on the way.

Taken from Wikipedia:

The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin at about 90 cm (3 ft) tall and weighing 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. Like all penguin species, it has a streamlined body to minimise drag while swimming, webbed feet to propel more force when swimming, and wings that have become stiff, flat flippers. There is little difference in plumage between the male and female, although the latter are slightly smaller. The upperparts are steel blue-grey, darkening to black on the head, sharply delineated from the pale underparts; the belly is white colouring to orange on the upper breast with bright orange ear patches. The 12–13 cm (4¾-5 in) black bill is long and slender, and curved downwards. The lower mandible bears a striking pink or orange-coloured mandibular plate.
An immature bird will have yellow- rather than orange-tinged markings, and grey tips to its black brown feathers. It moults into adult plumage at after reaching two years of age.
The chick is first covered with brown-grey down, before moulting into a thick, woolly brown coat borne until around 10–12 months of age. Their mandibular plates are black until the moult into immature plumage.

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  • Mozwik (78)
  • [2009-10-24 21:13]

Hi Sion,
Nice picture, my only critique would be that the blackness of the head is lost in the background as it is too dark. He is looking very regal though.

Jolie bête, j'ai apporté des modification voir dans Versions: version originale, Workshop

HI, nice pic. I found the penguin to be a bit dark so i did a workshop for you.

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