The Emperor Holding Court by Michael S Nolan

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This curious lone adult emperor penguin seems dwarfed against the bow of the National Geographic Explorer deep in Antarctica below the Antarctic Circle. The nearest emperor colony is many, many miles away…just what is this penguin doing so far from home? At almost 4 feet in height and 100 lbs in weight this is the largest of all living penguin species. I was thrilled to find this lone emperor while driving a Zodiac tour. A quick call to the bridge and Captain Oliver Kruess positioned the ship perfectly for this image, but I have to wonder; who is watching whom here?

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  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    Wow Michael, this is awesome, love all the people in red, poor penguin all on his own, would he survive? nice captain to position this for you, you know people in high places lol……love this image, well done :o)x

  • Aloha Josie!

    Thank you for your kind words. This emperor is still very young, probably 2 or 3 and out foraging for food. It is not unusual that an emperor would travel hundreds of miles from the colony for this exact reason. He (or she) will be fine!

    – Michael S Nolan

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderalmost 4 years ago

    This is just awesome! I didn’t realize that they got that big! I agree with Josie, nice captain!.

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 4 years ago

    …the captain positioned the ship perfectly… you got the captain to drive the ship around for your shot?? AWESOME …it’s a fantastic setup and capture michael – bravo!

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 4 years ago

    Great composition and perspective! You weren’t on the ship that docked along side us (MS Expedition) at Ushuaia on 28 January or thereabouts this year were you???

  • Wilparina
    Wilparinaalmost 4 years ago

    Simply amazing.

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant Michael!! :))

  • flame7
    flame7almost 4 years ago

    WOW!!

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