Simonstown, South Africa

Funny African penguin couple is on a beach. Both penguins lean against each other while they have a beautiful facial expression. Behind the charming couple are water and a massive boulder on the beach.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Exposure time: 1/4000s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 150mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3264 by 4296 pixels (WxH).

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The cute African penguin couple on a beach is feeling slightly relaxed and lazy. The couple leans against each other for support because standing is just too much effort for them right now. Their hilarious expressions are saying to me, ‘Do you have to be making these click-click noises during our couple’s downtime?.’ That message was received loud and clear from the couple. With such enticing characters, penguins look charming, funny, even their angry sweet faces are cute. Behind the charming couple are water and a massive boulder on the beach. Their distinctive coats are visible with a few round spots on their white bellies.

The photograph of the couple on the beach is a breeding pair. Although they do breed throughout the year, their first breeding period begins in February. Most of the time, they stick to the vegetated areas and beach burrows. They are a monogamous species that always come back to each other. These lifelong partners are genuinely equal in that they take turns to incubate their eggs and to feed their young. Now that is what you call a modern 21st-century couple! Like this charming African penguin couple on a beach, as romantic as it looks.

The African penguin, Spheniscus demersus, is endangered on the IUCN red list.

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