Photographer's Note

Still with my travel theme of Boulders Beach, another image which caught these african penguins quite relaxed basking in the sun on these huge boulders, hence the name 'Boulders Beach'...

Penguins are flightless, aquatic birds, which live in the southern oceans in climates as varied as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the equator. There are seventeen species in all but the African Penguin seen here is the only one to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands. It used to be known as the Jackass Penguin, on account of the braying sounds which it makes on land, but the name 'African Penguin' has now been adopted to distinguish it from the Jackass Penguin found in South America, which is slightly different in appearance and behaviour.

If you did not know, Penguins are ancient birds, probably evolving about 65 million years ago, at the time that dinosaurs became extinct. Since penguins are well adapted to the cold, the South American and African penguins feel the heat on land and have evolved various ways to cope with the sun as well as coping quite well in the cold sea.

ISO 100, Shutter 1/125, F/7.1


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