Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) by Mariann Rea

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Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) by 

Featured in Zoophoria in September 2009 and in Penguins Galore in October 2009! Thank you!!

Second place in the Penguins Galore challenge and also in Playful photogenic animals group challenge!

There is a funny story with this penguin :)
This was in Belfast zoo. We were visiting with my husband and he had a map of the zoo in his hand. For some reason he touched the glass with the map and the penguin reacted immediately by trying to byte the paper through the glass. His beak hit the glass in effortless tries. It was sooo funny! :) Where ever my husband put the map the penguin followed. This went on for a while and there was a crowd starting to gather behind us. At one point another person decided to have a go at this fun game and took his car keys, put close to the glass and showed them to the penguin. I am telling you – the expression on that penguin’s face was priceless when he saw the keys!!! His eyes went big and he swam quickly away. It was almost like he was thinking: what the hell is this! Hahaha
Times like these I would really want to know what and how animals think :D

Canon 20D
Canon EF 100-400mm L @ 100mm
ISO 100, 1/80sec, f/6,3


  • laurav
    lauravalmost 6 years ago

    Well captured! Yer that would be a handy thing to know what animals and people at times are thinking!

  • Thank you Laura! Luv your horse shots.

    – Mariann Rea

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely capture of this beauty underwater! I was privileged to see these guys in the wild in southern Chile – they are such characters!!!

  • I’m glad you like it! I would love to see them in the wild

    – Mariann Rea

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot and I love the story…only penguins I’ve seen are in cartoons and movies…

  • Lovely little guys aren’t they ;) Thanks!

    – Mariann Rea

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic photo

  • Cheers Robert!!

    – Mariann Rea

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalalmost 6 years ago

    A lovely study! Magellanic penguins have such interesting markings. It’s nice to see one in full “flight”.

  • :D Thank you Rosanne!!

    – Mariann Rea

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 6 years ago

    Great image, Mariann! Thank you also for telling us how the photo came to be. That enriches the viewing process so much.

  • Thank you for the comment and the fave!!! :) As for the story it just had to be told because it was so funny :)

    – Mariann Rea

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Magical capture !! lovely xx

  • Thank you so much for the comment and the fave!

    – Mariann Rea

  • akaurora
    akauroraalmost 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story and experience, you’ve captured it magnificently!! Take Care ~ Deb ~ :)

  • Thank you Deb, it was a wonderful day at the zoo!

    – Mariann Rea

  • DaveBassett
    DaveBassettover 5 years ago

    Great capture and story – nice work.

  • Thank you!! :)

    – Mariann Rea

  • Ben Luck
    Ben Luckover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot … and my favorite animal! Well done

  • Thank you, Ben! Well appreciated! :)

    – Mariann Rea

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