Simonstown, South Africa

That photograph shows a loveable African penguin portrait. This proud African penguin stands on a boulder looking proud in all aspects. The bird is looking slightly to the left. At the same time, the background shows a beautiful bokeh.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS 5D and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Exposure time: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length: 420mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 2912 by 3948 pixels (WxH).

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That photograph shows a majestic African penguin portrait of this lovable bird species. This proud African penguin stands on a boulder looking proud in all aspects. The bird is looking slightly to the left. At the same time, the background shows a beautiful bokeh for this lovely African penguin portrait. This penguin belonged to a flock of about 35 individuals. They all waddled onto the sandy shoreline. Big boulders are taking up space in the background as well as the blurry blue sea.

If a group of penguins is swimming in the water, we know that as a ‘raft.’ However, we know them as a ‘waddle’ when they are together on land. We often say they are wearing suits due to their distinctive coloring of black and white. The actual reason for their coloring is for camouflage from predators. If a predator is below them and looks up, they see the white underbelly. That white belly blends in with the light from the surface. Moreover, when a predator is above, looking down, their blacktop fur blends in with the darkness of sea depths. Therefore, not only is it a tremendous dense mechanism, but it also makes them look even cuter.

These charming little creatures have two days dedicated to them: January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day, and April 25th is World Penguin Day.

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

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