Humboldt penguin 2
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|This one is a continue of theme "Humboldt penguin" beginned by Oldtree. This bird live in Kiev zoo.|
People seem to love penguins, probably because they resemble comical people with their upright stance and waddling gait. There is also a certain fascination that these flightless birds can survive in some of the coldest and most inhospitable places on Earth.
Ranging in size from the nearly 4 foot (1.2 m) tall emporer to the tiny 3 pound (1 kg) little blue.
Penguins are found as far north as the equatorial islands of the Galapagos and as far south as Antarctica. It is a popular misconception that penguins live in the arctic. Other seabirds, such as the now-extinct Giant Auk, occupy habitat niches in the far north similar to those of penguins.
Standing about 27 inches (69 cm) tall, the Humboldt penguin lives along the Pacific coastlines of Chile and Peru. Total population of the Humboldt penguin was estimated at 20,000 in the early 1980s, and in the 1990s may number around 10,000 individuals.
Like all penguins, the Humboldt is a flightless marine bird, superbly adapted to its environment. Fossil records suggest that penguins once could fly but gave it up for life in the sea about 60 to 70 million years ago. Their wings have evolved into narrow bony flippers, which make them extremely maneuverable and fast swimmers. Early explorers thought penguins were fish, not fowl, because they are so superbly adapted to life in water.
The Humboldt penguin nests on islands or rocky stretches of mainland coast and feeds on fish and squid in near-shore waters. The Humboldt breeds year round in small colonies. Humboldts dig underground burrows to protect themselves, their eggs, and chicks from the hot sun and predators.
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- [2004-09-22 6:05]
Your note supports your images very well. The images are good, but unfortunately some of the toes have been amputated. It is difficult getting the exposure right on these guys as the have both black and white on them. Her by us we only have the Jackass penguins (I posted one some time ago) and do not get to see the others around here. Thanks for posting.
i love this animal ! he is so funny and it's the symbole of "linux !"
Two nice images surrported by very good note, small nit with the missing bits of feet it is one of the things you have to watch out for when making an image.
- [2004-09-22 16:58]
Great note and excellent pair of pictures. I agree with Japie about the toes but otherwise very good work. Well done and thanks for posting.
Hi Sochira, thanks for refering to me by creating a penguin mini series. I like your pictures very much, they show this bird in great detail and your note is interesting and very informativ. Thanks for posting this one.
Yes I like these double shots Sochirca. Points to ya.
Your set shows the photo's nicely. They have a point, try and get the feet in the frame. Otherwise nice shot. Nice note too. Thanx for sharing.