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Snares Island Penguin by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Sub-Antarctic Snares Island, New Zealand (located far to the south of NZ’s South Island). Weather, wind and waves favored us on our visit to this far flung island, allowing us to enjoy Snares penguins for the major part of one day.

While most people think of penguins as birds of the ice most species, like the Snares penguin breed where foliage and even trees thrive. Snares penguins breed only on Snares Island.

The Snares penguin is currently listed as a Vulnerable species, the main threat to the bird being finding sufficient food—-krill, their primary diet—-near their isolated breeding place.

Canon 40D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/500, f/8.0, focal length 310mm, ISO 500.

December17, 2008.

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animal, bird, black, island, new_zealand, penguin, ruttle, whalegeek, white

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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Comments

  • dkfish
    dkfishover 5 years ago

    Great capture! Looks like he’s upset with you for taking his picture.

  • Thank you, dkfish! From the angle this photo was taken, this penguin does indeed appear to be in a bit of a snit.

    Actually, the penguin was taking a break from preening. It had leapt out of the water not long before this photo was taken as evidenced by its pristine, clean white breast feathers. When Snares penguins descend from their nests on muddy rain forest hillsides their feathers are splotched with mud that a seawater bath swiftly cleanses.

    Incidentally, the yellow crest of crested penguins is critical to their courtship/breeding. If it is removed, the birds are no longer considered as desirable candidates for mating by the opposite sex!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Phill Danze
    Phill Danzeover 5 years ago

    Agree – great capture, nicely done. I too was at Snares Island in Dec 2008; just amazing.

  • No kidding?!! Snares Island is one heck of a special place, isn’t it? Thank you for your comments, PhillDanze. I checked your portfolio out—-you have some terrific photos of wonderful penguins. All the best.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    fabulous shot.

  • Thank you, JennyDean! By the way, I adore your paua shell photos along with much of your work.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...over 5 years ago

    Congratulations, you are featured on the New Zealand Made group homepage :)

  • What a wonderful honor! Many, many thanks!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • gavinmag
    gavinmagover 5 years ago

    A spectacular photo

  • Gavin, thank you for taking the time to post such a nice comment.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Tammy  (Robison)Espino
    Tammy (Robiso...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!!!

  • Thank you, Tammy. That little penguin almost appears to be posing for this photo; a very photogenic little fella.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

    Wow, nice shot.

  • Thank you, FlowersEtc. You chose your nom de plume so well what with all your delightful floral images in your portfolio!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

    LOL, I’m glad you think so. Thank you

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

    Wow, excellent capture

  • Thank you, very much, BigD. I was very lucky with regard to Mother Nature. Most of the time the waves and wind will not permit one’s zodiac to even leave the mother ship much less get within reasonable photo proximity to Snares Island penguins. It was a special moment.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
    Michelle Barlo...about 5 years ago

    BRAVO

  • Thank you, Michelle. You know, I’m still drooling over your Nashville abstracts. Fine work you’re doing!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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