Antarctic Dawn by Ken Gilliland

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Emperor Penguins are the largest species of Penguin and are the 5th heaviest bird currently in existence. They swim at speeds of 6 – 9 Km/hr (4 – 6 mph) but they can reach speeds of 19 km/hr (12 mph) in short bursts.

The call of each Emperor Penguin is distinct and males and females can be identified by their differing calls. On land they alternate between walking and “tobogganing” along on their stomachs, propelling themselves with their feet and wings.

The main predators of Emperor Penguins are leopard seals, killer whales, sharks, skua and Antarctic giant petrels.

Rendered in Vue 6 Infinite with no postwork. Models: Songbird ReMix Penguins (Ken Gilliland)

Image copyright © 2008 Ken Gilliland. Copying and displaying or redistribution of this image without permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

As an artist, I do four things; Oils on Canvas (Social Commentary), Drawings of National Parks, Photography of Birds and California Native Plants and 2D/3D digital art which primarily focuses on birds.

My work focuses on environmental and social commentary issues and has been featured on the internet, in print and in film.

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  • Lisa  Weber
    Lisa Weberabout 6 years ago

    Outstanding render Ken!!

  • maraich
    maraichabout 6 years ago

    This is amazing too. I love the little fellow in the back waving his flippers in the back.

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2about 6 years ago

    this is most fabulous, it reminds me of the film Happy Feet :)

  • MelanieSpeaks
    MelanieSpeaksabout 6 years ago

    Amazing artwork…

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic work, Great Image.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 6 years ago


  • Misty Lackey
    Misty Lackeyabout 6 years ago

    ken I love this place

  • Ann Garrett
    Ann Garrettabout 6 years ago


  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 6 years ago

    Sensational shot. Well done. An instant fav.

  • Sarah Grace
    Sarah Gracealmost 6 years ago

    Oh wow, somehow I missed seeing this one earlier. I love it! Thanks for including it in the Penguin group. =)

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