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Thanks again my friends for your welcome comments and votes yesterday! Today another upload from my visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, below some info copied fro their site.
Size: 65-70 cm. Weight up to 4kg.

Habitat and Distribution: Coastal habitats in Peru and Chile (although they have also been found in Colombia), on the Pacific coast of South America.

Age: Penguins breed at 2 years and can live for up to 30 years in captivity (around 20 in the wild).

Groups and Breeding: This species nests on islands and rocks along the coastline. It will often build its nest by burrowing holes into guano (bird poo) or in caves. Breeding often occurs all year round if initially unsuccessful (try, try and try again!), although it peaks from March to December. 2 eggs are laid 2-4 days apart and including incubation period chicks fledge (leave the nest) at around 10-12 weeks. When food is scarce the parents feed only the larger chick and the smaller chick quickly starves.

Humboldt Penguins are social animals and live in large colonies of closely spaced burrows where communication becomes quite important. Penguin couples are able to recognize one another and their offspring through a combination of appearance and voice. Colonies are beneficial because they provide collective defence against predators such as skuas and gulls.

Diet: Adults feed close to shore, taking various species of small fish (including anchovy and sardines), squid and crustaceans. Most foraging is done at depths of up to 60m.

Adult penguins have been known to migrate as far as 700 km to breeding grounds and may travel 35km to find food whilst rearing chicks.
Penguin chicks have fluffy grey plumage which is white underneath and allows them to keep a constant temperature. This enables both parents to go off to forage for food.
Humboldt Penguins usually remain faithful to one partner (unless that partner dies) and also return to the same breeding site year after year.
They have been known to dive down to 150m to find food.
Using their strong wings as flippers, Humboldts 'fly' underwater, usually just below the surface, at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
The life of a Humboldt Penguin is a treacherous one. Threats include being eaten by gulls, vultures, foxes, wild dogs, whales and dolphins. Over-fishing, guano harvesting (for fertiliser), becoming trapped in fishing nets, eggs being stolen and the climatic effects of El Niño are other environmental hazards for them.
Humboldt Penguins have a gland which enables them to drink salt water in addition to fresh water; this gland concentrates excess salt which then dribbles down the bill.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-210.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Feb 2012 - 3:17 PM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Humboldt Penguin
Username:achieverswales achieverswales
Uploaded:28 Feb 2012 - 12:08 AM
Tags:Cotswold wildlife park, Humboldt penguin, Penguin, Pets / captive animals
Votes:34
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 12:21 AM

Gosh, your typing skills must be away ahead of mine to have all this interesting info. on already, Trev: the bigger picture in V 2 is a fine shot but my favourite is the portrait in V 1, showing off well against the pale green b/g tone.
Ronnie.

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achieverswales
28 Feb 2012 - 12:39 AM

Thanks Ronnie, not fast at all! Just copied and pasted from their site, the background is their pool.

Regards

Trev

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 12:56 AM

Can no one else sleep either?Sad
Great two images Trev, but like V2 for the tones you have given
Lillian

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franken
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28 Feb 2012 - 5:44 AM

Both versions for me Trev.

Ken

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 6:34 AM

What a cute fella, Trev, well captured. Carol

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ugly
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28 Feb 2012 - 7:09 AM

A great close up..
Love the detail and texture here...
spot on...


Dave

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 437 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 7:50 AM

Two excellent images and it is good to have the background information, they share my vote as I cannot decide - Carole

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
28 Feb 2012 - 7:51 AM

Like them both Trev.

Len

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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 9:17 AM

Poor birdie, has he got a decease of the beak what a shame………Jocelia

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7123 forum postsTrev_B vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 9:20 AM

Two character filled images Trev.

Trev

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41116 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 9:54 AM

Two very good captures Trevor, the beak/bill on v1 is amazing.

Dave

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 11:02 AM

Excellent and lovely captures,very well done,
saeid

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digital_boi
28 Feb 2012 - 11:54 AM

you will end up with repedative finger strain problems typing all that info Trevor which is very informative so thanks for that they are certainly hardy little chaps... of the captures V1 is a real winner for me today

Graham

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 1:22 PM

2 good shots Trev, well done mate,
Geoff.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 2:30 PM

Certainly not top of the queue when prettiness was handed out..
thanks for your narrative

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EMJAYCEE
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28 Feb 2012 - 2:42 PM

The detail in V1 is excellent Trev - even if he's not Prince Charming!!
Joan.

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TrevBatWCC
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28 Feb 2012 - 4:04 PM

Two excellent captures here, Trev - hard to pick a fave, so it's half a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile

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tomcat
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28 Feb 2012 - 7:33 PM

Seen these quite few times at different locations (UK)

They always look so comical


Adrian

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pluckyfilly
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28 Feb 2012 - 9:33 PM

good close up and interesting introduction/read

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Fefe
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29 Feb 2012 - 2:40 PM


Quote: Certainly not top of the queue when prettiness was handed out..
thanks for your narrative

Haha I had to guote this......... Spot on! terrific image but not the best looking of penguinsTongue
Diane

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