This poignant picture reveals two penguins huddling collectively as they stare from St Kilda Pier, Melbourne. It gained Tobias Baumgaertner an award in Oceanographic journal’s Ocean Images Awards 2020
16 December 2020
AGAINST a background of metropolis lights, two fairy penguins huddle collectively to observe the skyline and ocean on the finish of the St Kilda Pier within the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
Shot by photographer Tobias Baumgaertner, the picture captures the pair away from the bustle of their colony. “It was actually laborious to get a shot, however I acquired fortunate throughout one stunning second,” he wrote within the caption to the picture, shared on Instagram.
The 2 penguins would frequently stand collectively and watch the lights of Melbourne for hours, he says.
St Kilda Pier has a colony of round 1400 fairy penguins (Eudyptula minor), which volunteers monitor to ensure the inhabitants stays wholesome and steady.
Outdoors Australia, the birds are higher often known as little penguins as a result of they’re the smallest penguin species, rising to a mean top of 33 centimetres. They’re discovered totally on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand.
Though Baumgaertner snapped the shot a yr in the past, he launched it in March this yr to mirror the isolation attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. The picture gained the Group Alternative Award in Oceanographic journal’s Ocean Images Awards 2020.
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