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Who are you calling an ass!

Who are you calling an ass!
Photo Information
Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas, Birds of Southern Africa, Penguins (Spheniscidae) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-21 3:43
Viewed: 8427
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African (Jackass) Penguin (3)

Occurrence and name

Jackass penguins are the only nesting penguins found on the African continent. They occur from Bird Island near Port Elizabeth in the east, all round the south coast, and up the West Coast of South Africa into Namibia. They nest in colonies, mainly on offshore islands, but two colonies recently became established on the mainland. One of these is at Boulders Beach, near Simonstown, and the other is at Bettys Bay (Where this shot was taken). Both locations are in the southwestern part of Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Jackass Penguins are also known as African Penguins, and have the scientific name of Sphenicus demersis. They are called Jackass Penguins because they make a noise that resembles the sound made by a donkey braying.

Birds that fly in the water
The wings of the Jackass Penguin may not seem very functional in the air, but they are superbly adapted to flying. But penguins don't fly in the air, they fly underwater. It is quite a site to see, a penguin like a black and white dart wearing a mercury coat zooming past in search of a fish to eat. To a fish, the gentle seeming Jackass Penguin is a lethal predator.

Jackass Penguins tend to excavate burrows for nesting, although this is not always done. Sometimes they nest on rocky islands where excavation is impossible. In sandy areas, the soil may not be stable enough for burrows to remain intact.

Population status
Jackass Penguins are considered a vulnerable species. The present population of around 160 000 birds is down from 1.2 million in the early 1920s. For example, Dassen Island, off Yzerfontein north of Cape Town, may have once sheltered over 1 million penguins. It now has only about 30 000 birds. Indications are that the decline in populations may be continuing.

PDP, alainh, Callie, RAP, carper, gerhardt, AndyB, nwoehnl, Jeppe, jhm, letr, Oldtree, touristdidi has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-21 4:51]

Poor name for such a good looking penguin. It's a great shot Japie, good composition and I really like the wet-rocky background. The note is excellent. I never knew that you had penguins on the African continent, thanks for teaching me something.

Bonjour Japie,
tres bell photo malgré une lumičre tres forte qui rend difficile la gestion des contrastes mais tu t'en sors tres bien.
belle attitude du pinguoin et cadrage sympa.

Japie, Very interesting note, especially the part about how it got its name! What a Jackass!(Hee-Hee!) ;-) The Jackass almost seems to be contemplating his shadow in the photo! It's a great photo of an interesting species. Thanks you for sharing it!!!

Nice shot, Japie. Very nice composition and light. These penguines are a delight to watch and are very numerous around Simonstown and all along the West Coast.

  • Good 
  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-21 10:37]

Hi Japie, mooi pikkewyn. The compo here is nice, his pose great. Some pointers maybe - The bird is predominately black, as taken sideways like here, so you camera meter made the scene "ligher", hence the whites are too hot. You should have underexposed by about 1 EV. Time of day was also against you, f14 and the shine on his coat tells me this. Also, no highlight in the eye. This is not meant to be negative, just how it appears to me.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-21 10:47]

Jejeje... pocas aves tan simpaticas como los pinguinos Japie.
Coincido con algunos conceptos de Callie sobre la iluminacion de la imagen y los blancos.
Pero por composicion, perspectiva y la nota, merece mi aprobacion.
Gracias por compartirla.

Jejeje... few as likeable birds as the pinguins Japie.
I agree with some concepts of Callie on the illumination of the image and the whites.
But by composition, perspective and the note, it deserves my approval.
Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-21 13:32]

He Japie geen schutting taal.
Very nice one Japie good funny picture, with a nice composition, good colours, very good job

Such a wet Jackass. Nice detail and colours. Perfect note. I like the wet shimmer on his body. Nice capture. Ditto on bright whites. Thanx Japie.

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-21 16:32]

A nice shot.
The composition and the Jackass pose is great.
The whites are bright I agree,it looks like this was taken in bright sunlight.
It doesnt really spoil the shot,its a nice capture.
A good and informative note too,I've not heard of or seen this penguin until now.
Very well done.

Nice posing you got of the Jackass (here's a sentence I wouldn't have expected to ever write ;-). I like the positioning on the wet rocks, and the glistening effect of the sunlight on the wet body. Whites are a bit hot, Japie, but everything else is truly fine, including your note.

  • Great 
  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2004-08-21 18:12]

Funny capture and an excellent note as(s) well ;-) - I learned something new here - thanks Japie, for sharing this fine work of yours

  • Great 
  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-22 2:14]

A very beautiful photo Japi, very interesting note, especially the part about how it got its name! Lovely!

  • Great 
  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-22 8:35]

Very good details on this Jackass penguin,like the composition and colors .. good job !!

Japie, your choice of title is very good. As well as the composition and sharpness of this photo. Thanks

First name Jack? They are so cute, and I saw them swim, too fast, they are a bw dart indeed. I like this guy, he looks pretty content.Good pose!

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