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Penguins on the beach

Penguins on the beach
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, ScanDisk UltraII 8GB, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: My Africa adventure
Date Submitted: 2010-03-22 4:38
Viewed: 3045
Points: 30
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Penguins on the beach

When traveling through the Cape peninsula I visited Boulders beach near Simon's Town. I was quite surprise to see so many penguins enjoying the sun :-)
An other weird observation, these fellas, called the African penguin or Jackass penguin, read below why....

Used CP filter.

PP work: hardly any, shot in Raw, converted to jpeg and adjusted levels and curves. Used lens correction to straighten the horizon. Sharpened with USM, resized and add frame.

From Wikipedia:

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Black-footed Penguin, is found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the largest colony on Dyer Island, near Kleinbaai. Because of their donkey-like braying call they were previously named Jackass Penguins. Since several species of South American penguins produce the same sound, the African species has been renamed African Penguin, as it is the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. The presence of the penguin gave name to the Penguin Islands.

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Hi Hans

What an unusual scene you have captured here, never think of penguins on a beach.
The penguins help to show the size of these rocks, nicely saturated colours of the sky and sea.

Regards Derek

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-03-22 5:15]

Superb colors and clarity for this very interesting scene.


Bonjour Hans

Splendide photo d'un sujet extraordinaire!!!
Quel bonheur de voir cette faune dans son milieu naturel!Et quel beau milieu!!
Les couleurs sont superbes!
Merci de nous faire partager vos magnifiques voyages!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-03-22 5:48]

Hi Hans,
Wow- this is a very unique post. I love the colors and this is one of my favorite subjects. Good POV and nice clarity. Thanks for the notes, so interesting. Julie

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-03-22 5:50]

HI Hans, a lovely picture of so many penguins. Wonderful view.
Regards Rose

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-03-22 6:20]

Hi Hans,
Amazing scene, looks like something from the National Geographic.

Incredible water Hans, just an amazing work on this! The water is such a beautiful Green/Blue! A straight Horizon!! OH a love it! (**wink wink**) Good job on this, how wonderful to be able to see this scene, something I probably will never get to see in person!

Very nice scene and colors ogf this photos.
I like this place and photos.
Regards Zoran

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-03-22 13:44]

Dit is echt een foto waar je eens goed voor moet gaan zitten,wan hoe langer ik kijk hoe meer ik zie,de kleur vn de zee en de verre bergen vaag aan de horizon.
Een plaatje Hans...

Bonjour Hans

Superbe photo,Les couleurs sont magnifiques .
Belle capture de ses manchots sur cette plage.
Félicitation et bravo!!

Hello Hans!
The water is absolutely fantastic!
Very beautiful place and ambiance!
Best regards!

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  • karl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 163 W: 66 N: 62] (986)
  • [2010-03-22 18:38]

wonderful colours you've get from this penguin beach !

Ha! What a sight! Very spectacular and beautifully captured, I like also the colours of the water and sky here.

Very clear, very sharp, and very interesting!


Hi Hans, It is good to penguins without ice for a change, maybe the future for more of them with fears of global warming. Good and unusual image of these lovable looking large birds. We have similar but maybe smaller ones at east of Melbourne, but no where as many as you show us here.
TFS. Murray.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2010-03-27 15:18]

You are visiting wonderful places Hans. I regret that there are no such possibilities. But your photographs are compensating me for it.


What a great shot to see all of the penguins next to the water. This is something that many of us will never see in our lifetime. It looks like a beautiful day to be basking in the sun with your new found friends. :)


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