Paradise for Penguins
Three days sailing from Hobart the remote outpost of Macquarie Island is a haven for seals and penguins in search of a beach. Royal Penguins number near a million and the majestic King Penguins in the hundreds of thousands. Fewer than 1,000 people are permitted to visit Macquarie each year.
If you like these photos then please tell somebody!
Thanks to Heritage Expeditions who sponsored these voyages to Macquarie Island and the other Sub-Antarctic Islands. Too few people get a chance to marvel at this jewell of wilderness, easily one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences...
Read my guide to photographing wildlife at Photography for Travellers: "The trouble with animals is they keep moving around, sometimes very very fast and often with a knack for blending into their surrounds. It helps to know a little about the wildlife first, but you also need a little extra speed to keep pace. The digital advantage of high ISO at high quality can make all the difference."
And here's another 600 or more photos from Macquarie Island...
If you like these pics then you might like a copy of my book called "passage of the penguins", a unique account of our journey in December 2010 as a memento for our onboard travellers...
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."