Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Penguins at the Santo Inacio Zoo

Another favourite of ours were the Penguins, such adorable lively creatures. This will be my last post of photos taken at the Santo Inacio Zoo.


The African Penguin   Spheniscus demerus
 

They grow to a height of 60cm ( 2ft tall )
 

They are accustomed to living in warmer climates,...
 

but went in and out of the water all the time to cool off.
 

and loving it, as it was a really hot day.
 

This friendly one came right up to us.
 

Penguins spend several hrs a day preening their feathers to keep them well maintained, or they would not stay waterproof.
 

For extra protection, penguins spread oil on their feathers. The oil comes from a special gland, near their tail. The penguins tail is short and wedge shaped which helps it to maintain stability on land.
 

Both sexes look the same.
 

Many were banded on their flippers.
 

A close up of the friendly one.
 

A gate we saw near the zoo, which I have added for Good Fences.
 


 

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

46 comments:

Stuart Price said...

I've never seen a wild Penguin............

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear this is the last of your new pictures because I have loved every single one of them. The zebras were my favorite but I love them all and this little guy is just absolutely adorable. Excellent photos of them

John Simlett said...

They are such lovely creatures and so entertaining

matti juhani niilola said...

Penguins are so funny birds. But cute. Stunning photographs.

Bob Bushell said...

Great Penguins, I love the way they move, waddle waddle.

Linda said...

The gates are very nice, and the penguins are gorgeous! I love these birds, and you have captured all their brilliant and beautiful markings magnificently! :)

Nick Morgan said...

What curious birds! The penguins at Edinburgh Zoo go for a parade around the zoo each day. It was a highlight whenever I visited the zoo when I was young.

Sami Niilola said...

Penguins walk is really difficult. But in the water they are real champions.

Jedidja said...

So nice! Love to see this birds!

Christine said...

Penguins are so much fun to watch at our zoo too!
Your photos are so good of them enjoying themselves!
Very nice photo of the gates for
Good Fences!
Have a great week!

Michelle said...

I think penguins are very entertaining. Great close up shot.

Connie Smiley said...

How very darling!

LEN said...

Another batch of super shots. Have a lovely Christmas and more Happy Snapping in 2017!

Marijke said...

Gorgeous photographs of this lovely Pinquins. A zoo is a great place to be. What I like is that the animals have a lot of space these days.
Have a wonderful day Sonjia

Debbie said...

these are always one of my favorites too!! they just seem happy, don't they - in their appearance, they look like they are always smiling. and they are so friendly towards the people and also toward each other - even loving!! they are good, fast swimmers...one thing i remember about them. your images are beautiful!!!

hmuxo said...

The African penguin is absolutely beautiful! Amazing markings! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Teresa said...

Son muy lindos los pingüinos. Saludos.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of Penguins in the zoo.

Missy George said...

Great shots..Love the one doing the side stroke and the one doing the back stroke..Very cute..Thanks for sharing..Enjoy your day..

Ela said...

Oh, they are so cute :)
Great photos !!
Greetings

Lowcarb team member said...

I've always loved penguins, they are so much fun.
You've shared a fantastic selection of great photo's here - thank you.

All the best Jan

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hello, I came over from MyTexasGardens for a visit. Beautiful penguins! Just loved your post and photos. Have a great day. Suzanne

Devilish Angel said...

Very cute...

Elephant's Child said...

I do love penguins. All penguins. Thank you so much - and that gate is special too.

La Biosfera de Lola said...

Que bonitas y divertidas fotos. Enhorabuena. Besos.

Giga said...

I love penguins. I like to watch as they walk and how to swim in the water. Your pictures are very pretty. Regards.

Helma said...

I like penguins always those little birds.
They waddle always so beautiful and you will just cheer them.
You really have here a very nice series of made :-)
A hug

Nancy Chan said...

Thank you for the close up photos of the penguins. I have never seen a real penguin up close. I think they are cute!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Bom dia, os Pinguins são lindos, gosto de aprecia-los, as fotos são excelentes.
Feliz fim de semana,
AG

NatureFootstep said...

African Penguin, don´t think I have seen that one before. It is beautiful. No wonder you loved it.

Mike Attwood said...

Beautiful pics. Sonjia. My favourite cartoon film is 'Happy Feet' with the dancing penguins. Take care, Mike.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I just love these adorable penguins. Awesome collection of photos. Great info and post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and weekend. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!

jandi said...

They are beautiful! And a little comical! Love that gate!

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture on the penguins and wonderful info on the species! Love the gate and its beautiful design

Sharon Wagner said...

We enjoyed seeing lots of penguins at Seaworld this year. The exhibit was so cold though!

Phil Slade said...

Hello Sonjia. Hope you are well. I often see penguins portrayed on TV as rather comical characters with presenters making jokes about the birds' behaviour. And then I see a wildlife programme that features penguins where I can but marvel at their hunting and feeding ability underwater. of course they are (mostly) a hugely successful and numerous family of birds as we know. Lovely pictures; I would like to see penguins in the wild - as long as it isn't somewhere too cold.

Jenn Jilks said...

I wish we could do away with zoos. It's just time, what with internet footage.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

GreenComotion said...

Awesome cuties and I love your snaps.
Have a Happy Weekend.
Peace :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Penguins make me happy :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello!

Wonderful photos of the penguins! They are all so cute :)

Happy Weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Penquins are so unusual and fun to watch. I love the close up! Happy weekend!

David Gascoigne said...

I have been fortunate to see five species of penguin in the wild. Sadly, all species of penguin are now in trouble, for various reason, not the least of which is climate change. What would a world be like without these delightful creatures? I hate to even contemplate the possibility, but certain species are in quite dire straits.

Mosura said...

Nice looking penguins. We get 'Little Penguins' here but they only come into the open at night so they are hard to photograph.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Sonija; I've noticed that your Santo Inacio Zoo has many different critters than ours. I've never seen penguins :-) Such wonderful pictures of them♪ And intersecting to read the information about tails and the both sexes look the same. Great posts form the zoo, Dear friend, thank you SO much.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Portugal, xoxo Miyako*

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - I may see if I can track down some of our Penguins in the next few weeks. That would make a good post!

Hope you have a great Christmas - Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sandra said...

I came by to say I am missing your beautiful photos and found this post I missed. I thought I saw them all. these guys are amazing and so are your photos. I will be waiting when you get back to blogging.

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