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Widowed penguins comforting each other, winner of Ocean Photograph awards

Wednesday, December 23rd 2020 - 09:22 UTC
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The photo was taken by Tobias Baumgaertner. He was told that the two penguins had recently lost their partners and often appeared to be comforting each other The photo was taken by Tobias Baumgaertner. He was told that the two penguins had recently lost their partners and often appeared to be comforting each other

The year 2020 has produced many poignant and powerful photographs. But a shot of two widowed penguins appearing to comfort one another in Australia has been picked out as a winner in Oceanographic magazine's Ocean Photograph Awards.

The photo was taken by Tobias Baumgaertner in Melbourne.

He was told that the two penguins had recently lost their partners and often appeared to be comforting each other.

The German photographer won the magazine's Community Choice Award.

St Kilda Pier in Melbourne has a colony of around 1,400 fairy penguins, the smallest penguin species with an average height of just 33cm. The colony is monitored by volunteers.

“A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner and apparently so did the younger male to the left,” Baumgaertner wrote on Instgram, “they meet regularly, comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.”

The photographer spent three nights with the penguin colony before being able to catch this photo, he said.

“Between not being able or allowed to use any lights and the tiny penguins continuously moving, rubbing their flippers on each other's backs and cleaning one another, it was really hard to get a shot,” he said.

“But I got lucky during one beautiful moment.”

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    I live close to the St Kilda pier and one great side-effect of this pandemic is the lack of idiotic tourists, mainly from China, who ignore all the rules on using lights and flash on photos.

    Dec 24th, 2020 - 04:16 am 0
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