Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Penguins – but not on the telly

Been very cold here lately. When I walked after work today, snow and little ice pellets showered me at times. Not my favorite weather. But definitely penguin weather.

When we visited the zoo this weekend, the penguins were having a great time playing and swimming. Some of them “corkscrewed” through the water; others paddled. One stood sentry.

These are Magellanic Penguins, which are native to South America, mainly Argentina and Chile, and the Falkland Islands. They are classified as a “near threatened” species due to the decline in their population from oil pollution and commercial fishing.

Even though it was cold and rainy during our Saturday zoo trek, it was fun watching the antics of these little guys. As TV broadcaster Joe Moore once said: It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.


Steve Buser said...

Penguins never look unhappy. Yours are certainly looking chipper

Ms M said...

Thanks, Steve. They were feeling good!
Your penguin looked so peaceful in the warm sun. Your photos of birds are excellent.