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Taken at Edinburgh zoo last week, reminds me a little of Predator with the bad hair.

Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) are native to Argentina, Australia, Chile, the Falkland Islands, and New Zealand. They are the smallest of the crested species of penguins. They have striking yellow crests on their heads and distinctive red eyes.

Rockhopper penguins are noisy and quarrelsome, and get their name from their ability to hop from rock to rock. They use a series of bounds with both feet together to climb steep rock faces and then reach their rocky nesting sites by hopping over the surrounding rocks. They breed in colonies and feed on krill and other crustaceans as well as on squid, octopus, and fish.

Rockhoppers were the stars of the film “Surf’s Up” and also featured in “Happy Feet” where Lovelace was a rockhopper.

Populations of rockhopper penguins have been declining over the last century, but recent, more rapid declines in their numbers have caused concern. Because of these declines, rockhopper penguins have been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as an Endangered species, meaning that they are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Den

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2014 - 9:57 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:280
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Rockhopper
Username:213hardy 213hardy
Uploaded:24 Feb 2014 - 6:13 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Penguin, Pets / captive animals, Rockhopper
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper Plus Member 7109 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England25 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

Great shot Den and an interesting write up. Sad to see another species on the brink.

Andy

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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 3305 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 6:46 AM

Just too cute, love the hairstyle ...great shot

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nonur
nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 7:04 AM

A funny guy, it is sad to know the fact about them.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94514 forum postsKarenFB vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 8:05 AM

A brilliant close up!

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8779 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1267 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 8:10 AM

What a character!
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AnneB50
AnneB50  3118 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 9:00 AM

Great shot, I wouldn't want to cross him though!

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 9:05 AM

isnt he wonderful

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PhilT2
PhilT2 Plus Member 5131 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 9:31 AM

Always think these are the most comical of the penguins and this is a great portrait

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williamsloan Plus Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 11:37 AM

a superb image



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redshot
redshot Plus Member 1redshot vcard United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 - 12:21 PM

Nice to see a 'friend' from my homeland (Falklands) these are my favourites of all the penguin species and have spent hours watching them, one thing thats not mentioned and thats the smell ...... especially when the winds blowing in the wrong direction. Lovely image.

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NDODS Plus Member 44336 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 7:27 PM

A belter of an image. Great colour and detail throughout.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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leontari Plus Member 2leontari vcard Greece
24 Feb 2014 - 8:02 PM

Great close up!
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dark_lord Critique Team 111642 forum postsdark_lord vcard England212 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 9:09 PM

Nice little penguin Smile

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maggietear
25 Feb 2014 - 4:17 PM

I just love penguins -he's great!

Maggie

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