Simonstown, South Africa

7 African Penguins are arriving on the beach after a day of feeding out in the ocean. The penguins ride the waves onto the sandy beach. Some birds are still in the water, and one bird already waddles up on the beach.

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/8
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 640
  • Focal Length: 200mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4441 by 2961 pixels (WxH).

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These charming African penguins are arriving on the beach, waddling up onto the sand. They surf the last wave onto the beach, jump up and waddle away to their nests. It is highly entertaining to watch them behave and interact with one another. Behind the arriving African penguins are small waves crashing along the shoreline, which makes little white bubbles that contrast against the blue water.

Here are some interesting facts about penguins:

  • Scientists can detect penguins from space by finding dark-stains of their droppings on ice.
  • The largest colony on Earth is in the South Sandwich Islands (Antarctica), where two million chinstrap penguins reside.
  • Their diet consists mainly of fish like pilchards and anchovy, but they do sometimes feast on squid as well.
  • They can stay submerged in the water for up to 2 minutes before coming up for air.
  • The African penguin’s main breeding times start in February.
  • Opposite to humans, the larger the penguin, the more attractive it is to potential mates. Due to the fact that they can incubate an egg without food for longer as they have a higher fat preserves.

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

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