Eastern Rockhopper

Posted by Cindy Marple on Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:18 pm

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Eastern Rockhopper
Auckland Islands, New Zealand
Nikon D850, 80-400 @400mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO2000

Not the type of setting most people expect for a penguin, but very typical of the New Zealand Subantarctic islands where many species are found.  The pink border around the bill differentiates this subspecies from the one on the Falklands.  
This was in deep shade in the early morning, handheld from a zodiac.  

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by david fletcher on Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:04 am
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Gorgeous setting Cindy! The moss and lichens add a great deal. Can see from this how they got their name. Nicely done.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:06 am
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Ready to hop on rocks! A wonderful and refreshing setting for this cutie. Impressive shot!
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by Jakejacoby on Mon Sep 20, 2021 11:42 am
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Very interesting - thanks for sharing.

by Carol Clarke on Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:22 pm
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Beautifully framed by the surrounding natural elements in its habitat, Cindy! A lovely image.

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by peter makuch on Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:53 pm
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it's a small view of the penguin but I like the whole setting of this image, well documented CINDY.

by ADKShooter on Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:18 pm
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Certainly not the setting I would expect to find a penguin. The root system with the moss covering the roots and the rocks makes for a wonderful setting and framing of the Rockhopper. Terrific environmental setting for this interesting bird.

by gregc on Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:03 am
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Nice image, and a good illustration of the sub-antarctic habitat.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:16 am
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Great composition and quite an unusual habitat for penguins.
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by Todd Bauer on Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:57 pm
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It's such an interesting photo. The whole scene. I expect to see a parrot, Very cool.
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