300,000 Pengiuns, South Georgia Island



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This was my first synth of the King Penguin colony on the Salisbury Plain of South Georgia Island. There are well over 300,000 penguins in this synth (The weird pattern on the hillside is all penguins - be sure to zoom in close).

Please check out the improved version here:


You can see more of my photography at: http://tonyernst.com
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Photos 113
Date Created 2/11/2009

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K Over 1 year ago
it's hard to tell the scale but it looks like they climbed quite a ways up that hill! i can't imagine that penguins are good climbers.
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
They are incredible climbers actually. They have stiff tails that prevent them from sliding backwards, and huge claws on their feet. They're pretty good at jumping too.
dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
That has got to be quite a bit of noise.
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
The noise was intense, but it was the smell that really assaulted you senses :-)
David-Photosynth-Team Over 1 year ago
This is my favorite nature synth yet. Well done. You really NEEDED Photosynth for this one!
sstanzel Over 1 year ago
awesome. Thanks for the link to the map too. For interesting things like this it would be great to have the thumbnail map right on the page.
lostinthetriangle Over 1 year ago
Okay I have to say it "when do they start dancing!!!) I can not wait to show this to my sister, she loves penguins.
GlenDaley Over 1 year ago
Wow, simply amazing!
john_and_others Over 1 year ago
The brown skua was relatively easy to find. For that matter, it looks like another birds' head behind it. What is amazing is how the penguins are aligned. Seems the brown ones are the "babies" and they are located within the group in lines. Also, it would appear that, with that many penguins, that some would be down, possibly dead. I could only see what appears to be one down at the far right end of the series. There is also only 1 penguin standing near it. Great photos. JFE
Nathan Over 1 year ago
I'd love to take a trip to South Georgia Island.
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
For some of the shots there was a second skua behind the first. It was a mated pair on a nest.

The brown ones are indeed young chicks. After reaching a certain size (big enough that the skuas can't kill them) they form creches while both parents are out finding food. Laying flat on the ground looking "dead" is a behavior the chicks use to conserve energy and stay warm. They're out of the wind, and increase the surface area they have exposed to the sun.
Scott Over 1 year ago
Good thing Photosynth doesn't convey smell..
kdcool Over 1 year ago
very good picture !
arnielarson Over 1 year ago
This is so cool, this captures the experience in a very unique way.
Shail Over 1 year ago
Awesome synth..They seems to be populating at very high rate.. Lot many brown penguins can be seen
CliffBreedlove Over 1 year ago
This is a very popular synth judging by the number of views. Nearly 2000!
curtisy1 Over 1 year ago
thankyou for that wonderful show. Incrediblybeautiful. I thought I was watching NatGeo channel only I controlled the angle and closeups. Beautiful work. You are very gifted. Thankyou for sharing it with us.
BlueHippo Over 1 year ago
Fantastic, really enjoyed looking through this synth. Thanks!
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
I created an updated and improved version.
Twice the photos, and much better color balancing, etc.
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