Simonstown, South Africa

This large African penguin flock is coming on land to rest and dry their feathers on the beach. The majority of them stand together in the late afternoon sun to sunbathe.  Behind the flock, on the boulders, are few African penguins.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 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: 1/640s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 95mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4770 by 3180 pixels (WxH).

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This sizeable African penguin flock is coming on land to rest and dry their feathers on the beach after fishing at sea. The majority of them stand together in the late afternoon sun, with a few birds wandering ahead. That penguin flock on the beach was all day out for fishing for the youngsters and themselves. Behind the flock are large boulders on which a few African penguins stand to sunbathe. The sky is clear, with no clouds in sight.

Undoubtedly, African penguins mate for life. That is, indeed, true. A mating pair will continue to breed with each other during every breeding season. Additionally, they are also loyal to their breeding site and will continuously go back every year. A penguin colony will often breed on the grounds where they were born. Most penguins build nests out of sticks and feathers. During the breeding season, the hordes of penguins sure can make much noise. Therefore, they rely on distinct calls to identify their mates to find each other. They have incredible hearing.

Both female and male penguins look after their young. Once hatched, they will teach, provide, and care for them for many months until their chick can hunt on its own.

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

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