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South African penguins and anchovies

South African penguins and anchovies

Some time ago, we visited South Africa. In Simon’s Town. The Cape Peninsula is home to a  large penguin colony, where visitors have to follow the walkways in order not to disturb the breeding penguins. But there are a few smaller beaches in the area, where you can just swim and wait until the penguins come to shore after a long day out at sea.

So I took my under water camera, and waited for these fun creatures to arrive. I just stood there quietly and motionless and held my camera under water. They would come to shore, but only 5 metres away from me. I was about to give up and had left the water already, when I noticed that some penguins were actually getting back into the water again! A small shoal of anchovies had entered the beach, and of course they could not resist an easy bite and started feeding.

So I returned to the water, and waited for the anchovies to come closer the shore and to me. And they did! The penguins kept on feeding, and finally, I could make this wonderful shot.

To be me, there is an important message: be patient, observe your subject, observe your surroundings and do not give up to easily!

Over the next few days, I went back every day, but was not so lucky. On the last day of our stay, I was refused entrance: the guards were convinced I was checking the beach, trying to poach abalones…

Photo data:

  • 1/500 sec
  • F/11
  • ISO 1250
  • Camera: Nikon D700
  • Lens: Nikon 16mm fisheye
  • Sealux underwaterhousing

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