Sunday, October 21, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday

I snapped this pretty little Galapagos
penguin as he was preening himself
in the bright equatorial sun.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]


  1. What a fab little poser - love his shadow too!

  2. My surprise might be justified (a penguin?!) when we consider that this guy’s relatives, or himself, spend a bit of time in the Northern Hemisphere. Penguins in, or close to, the Northern Hemisphere!

    Considering that you captured in one photo .1% of the entire population of the endangered Galapagos Penguins, to perform an equal feat regarding Americans you would have to find a way to include in one photo the entire population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; or St. Louis, Missouri.

    His mate shouldn’t be too far away, considering that they mate for life. (Unlike me, for whom permanent mating seems like a life sentence). And he is likely standing not far from his breeding site. (“Nests are made along turbulent rocky shores within about 50m of the water. Adults remain around the breeding sites throughout the year.”)

    And look at that guy preening! I can’t even get my snout onto my shoulders. If a have a need to attend to my back I’ve got to use an non-biologicaly-endowed one of these if I can get my hands on one.

    Did I mention how impressive it is that the coloration of the penguin matched the shadowed, rocky background? Not yet? Ha! Just did! Did I mention that I like this photo? Ditto.

  3. Wonderful photo!
    Have a blessed day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  4. TG -- This little guy was in the southern hemisphere, but not by much. And you're 100% correct about the mate, the nesting site, and the turbulent, rocky shore. As far as I could tell, they're doing a very good job of protecting what's left of these faithful birds.

  5. Wonderful photo of this little guy.

  6. I remember reading somewhere not that long ago that these islands are very difficult to get too. Is this true?
    Your photos tell a story of an untouched paradise.
    I know I could google this question but I'd love to hear your side of things!

  7. Cute little guy/gal whichever. ;o)


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