“Single File” by Ben Cranke (South Africa)
Bird: King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus.
Location: Gold Harbour, South Georgia, South Georgia.
Category: Best Portrait.
On land, King Penguins tend to be creatures of habit, and when moving from the sea to their nests they usually follow a well-trodden path. I took advantage of this behavior to capture this image, hiding a camera on the edge of one of these paths and camouflaging it with snow. I used a wireless trigger to take this shot of the birds as they paraded past in an orderly single file.
Nikon D810 with Nikon 18–35mm f/3.5–4.5 lens. Focal length 23mm; 1/500 second; f/11; ISO 200.
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