Wednesday, November 3, 2010

African Penguins ( Part - 1 @ Boulders Beach)

Only 10% of the 1.4 million population of African Penguins estimated in 1910 remains. At the Borders beach, it has grown from two breeding pairs in 1982 to about 3,000 in recent years. Because of their donkey-like braying call they were previously named the jackass Penguin, but now the local birds have been renamed African Penguins. Peak moulting time is December, but this year they were in the mid-peak moulting season in early October. While they are moulting, they do not go out to the sea to feed so all of the Penguins at Boulders beach were on the land, and it was delight to see them sunning nearby....

1 comment:

  1. Love these! Do you know why they are moulting so early? I hope it does not have to do with climate change.