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Congratulations to mitesh for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 7 votes - View Previous Winners


If you get a chance to visit this unbelievable place, do yourself a favor and make it happen! There are very few places in the entire world where you can be so close to the wildlife without disrupting their natural behavior. I hope these images help convey what a special place the Falkland Islands are.


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Every evening, hundreds of penguins return to the safety of the colony for the night. In this image, a Gentoo Penguin pauses on a sand berm on the way back to the colony at Volunteer Point.

1. Gentoo Penguin silhouette
Canon 1DX, 100-400 II




Gentoo Penguins stay constantly busy protecting their chicks from predators and fishing to provide food for the chicks. This chick is just a few days old.

2. Gentoo Penguin chick in nest.
Canon 1DX, 100-400 II




This Striated Caracara was perched on a rock just feet away from several Gentoo Penguin nests, ready to snatch an easy meal if a parent let its guard down for even a second.

3. Striated Caracara portrait
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A cadre of gentoo penguins keeps a watchful eye on those who come near the colony.

4. Gentoo Penguins
Canon 1DX, 16-35




Back at the King Penguin colony, courtship and mating displays can be seen.

5. King Penguins mating
Canon 1DX, 100-400 II




The Albatross colonies on Saunders Island are on the side of a small mountain, just above the crashing waves. A short hike past a Rockhopper Penguin colony leads to several Albatross colonies, where you can see these majestic birds nesting. I heard the first of the eggs began to hatch the day I left Saunders Island .

6. Black-browed Albatross on egg
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After a long day of fishing and caring for young chicks, this Magellenic Penguin was taking a well-deserved rest just before dusk at Volunteer Point.

7. Magellenic Penguin at rest
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A Rockhopper Penguin dries itself after emerging from the frigid waters of the South Atlantic.

8. Rockhopper Penguin
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With striking colors and patterns, the King Penguin is perhaps the most photogenic of the penguins found in the Falklands.

9. King Penguin abstract
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Death has come calling at dawn on Volunteer Beach, and for this King Penguin, there is no escape. The Gentoo Penguins and Magellenic Penguins are quicker and more agile than the King Penguins, so were able to escape to the safety of the beach.

10. Death at Volunteer Beach
Canon 1DX, 100-400 II




A Gentoo Penguin heads back to the colony at last light.

11. Gentoo Penguin at last light
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As the last rays of sunlight signal the end of another day at Volunteer Point, a Magellenic Penguin takes one last look around before retiring to its burrow for the night.

12. Magellenic Penguin retiring to burrow
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Jan 13, 2017 at 12:07 AM
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Seriously....wow....blown away Mitesh! As they liked to say down south, vote early and vote often....this is a tour de force....special in every way. TML will be very proud of these I'm sure as you ought to be as well!
Bravo, bravo, bravo!
Eric



Jan 13, 2017 at 12:16 AM
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What a marvelous series! Thank you for sharing.


Jan 13, 2017 at 12:58 AM
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Great set! I'd like to visit there someday.


Jan 13, 2017 at 01:01 AM
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A super set and very well presented Mitesh. 2 is very cute, but 1, 3, and 8 stand out ~ Ron


Jan 13, 2017 at 02:34 AM
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Nice stuff Mitesh!


Jan 13, 2017 at 02:55 AM
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Amazing Mitesh....I really should have cancelled all my patients and got on the plane with you. I don't know what you were complaining about at the beginning of the earlier thread because I think you did an amazing job capturing some dramatic and special images that aren't all just a bunch of portraits like I probably would have done

Next time I'll make the trip just to be inspired.....

TFS
Geoff

PS...got my vote...I feel we will have a back to back TOTW winner very soon



Jan 13, 2017 at 03:40 AM
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Mitesh, these are spectacular, far better than I got when we were there. We travelled on Ponant's ship combining the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, how did you go there? Congratulations on magnificent images!


Jan 13, 2017 at 05:21 AM
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Absolutely superb work with these images Mitesh. What a trip and experience that must have been.


Jan 13, 2017 at 05:27 AM
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Wow. Just wow.



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all are very nice Mitesh


Jan 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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Mitesh, what a wonderful set of images! It was a pleasure to view these!
Keith W.



Jan 13, 2017 at 07:32 PM
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eyelaser wrote:
Seriously....wow....blown away Mitesh! As they liked to say down south, vote early and vote often....this is a tour de force....special in every way. TML will be very proud of these I'm sure as you ought to be as well!
Bravo, bravo, bravo!
Eric


Wow, I don't know what to say, Eric... thanks so much for the compliment! I am so glad you enjoyed viewing the photos. I guess it is easy to come home with images you're happy with when you go to a place like the Falklands!
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What a marvelous series! Thank you for sharing.


Thanks so much, Fred!



Jan 14, 2017 at 01:11 AM
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Great series! It is hard to pick out the ones I like the best as they all have great qualities. TFS these wonderful images!


Jan 14, 2017 at 02:26 PM
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Amazing capture, Mitesh. Well documented and love your beautiful images.

-Tam



Jan 14, 2017 at 02:46 PM
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Oh my goodness Mitesh , another stunning set This set has certainly stirred my emotions.

I absolutely love the first . The composition with the sliver of foreground showing the penguin and the sky filling the image is outstanding . It conveys such a feeling of vastness of the environment and the heavens .

Your low angle wide angle close up on 4 is amazing. One really gets the feel of watchful guardians


All So very well done.



Birdie



Jan 14, 2017 at 03:19 PM
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Wonderful series...I'm envious!


Jan 14, 2017 at 03:25 PM
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Another excellent set of images from your Falklands trip. I particularly like the first one.
Dave



Jan 14, 2017 at 03:43 PM
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marvelous pictures, Mitesh! hard to choose a favorite but i think #2 and #12 are exceptionally nice

- Amit



Jan 14, 2017 at 04:00 PM
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Geat set Mitesh


Jan 14, 2017 at 04:17 PM
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