Thursday, May 28, 2015

Penguin Babies

Salisbury Plain Colony - 5D3, 70-200 @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 100
What's cuter than a Penguin?  Penguin babies of course!  It still amazes me that the juvenile King Penguins look nothing like the adults.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Salisbury Plain

This was the environment the Penguin from yesterday was surrounded by, Ample bay, Salisbury plain.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Penguin in his element

A friend last week asked how many images with penguins in them I still had in my archive that haven't been processed or posted.  I counted, and right now its 32, well 31 with this image :)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Imperial Shag

Imperial Shag - 5D3, 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO 400
Another image of an Imperial Shag, this time, one returning to the nesting site with fresh building material.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Imperial Shag / King Cormorant

Imperial Shag - 5D3, 560mm, f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 200
I'm assuming this is an Imperial Shag or perhaps a King Cormorant, as the taxonomy of this bird is rather complex with changes being made even in recent years.  When I was in South Georgia in 2012, the naturalists referred to it as the Imperial Shag, however on my recent trip to Patagonia I learned that the species in the Falklands (where this image was made) are now being referred to as the King Cormorant.  Perhaps it will be different again in a few years.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

More World Turtle Day

Galapagos Giant Tortoise - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 105mm, f/8, 1/30s, ISO 200
Another photo for world turtle day, this time a Galapagos Giant Tortoise.  As their name implies these are the largest living species of tortoise and can get to weigh over 500 lbs.  They also have impressive life spans, in excess of a 100 years.  Their numbers have sadly experienced massive declines.

World Turtle Day

Florida Softshell Turtle - 1D4, 500mm, f/5, 1/400s, ISO 400
Happy world turtle day!  I found out that May 23rd is world turtle day, started by the American Tortoise Rescue in 2000 to increase knowledge and respect for turtles and tortoises.  I made this image of a Florida softshell turtle almost exactly 5 years ago (May 25th, 2010) on the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hiding Penguin

Hiding Penguin, 5D3, 20-200 @ 200mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 1600
A Magellanic Penguin hides in its nest on Sea Lion Island, Falklands.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wild Flowers and Pigeon Point Again

Wild Flowers and Pigeon Point - 645Z, 28-45 @ 39mm, f/20, 1/10s, ISO 100
Another image from this weekend but with a slightly different composition.  This one is a bit more of a panoramic and I didn't use a 10 stop ND filter to smooth out the water or get the wavy motion of the flowers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moon in Pocket

Moon in Pocket - 1D4, 70-200 @ 120mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
Apart from the coast, my next favorite place to explore and photograph in California is the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada range.  In particular I really like the Bristlecone Pine forest in the White Mountains with crazy gnarled branches.  Its been nearly 4 years since I was last there, need to head back sometime soon.