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Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-02-13 14:52
Viewed: 1870
Points: 6
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Spheniscus mendiculus

The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin to live north of the Equator as well as the only species totally restricted to the tropics. Galapagos Penguins have a thin white band that runs under their chin. Galapagos Penguins have a black upside down horseshoe shape around their belly. This is what mostly distinguishes them from other Penguins.

Although on land the Galapagos Penguin is a somewhat awkward and very amusing bird as it waddles and hops along the rocks in the water, Penguins are excellent swimmers, quickly achieving speeds of up to 35 kilometres per hour (almost 22 miles per hour).

Galapagos Penguins are quite small, they only stand about 16 - 18 inches high and weigh around 5 pounds. They feed mostly on fish such as sardines and mullet. They are dependent on the ocean currents to bring fish to their feeding grounds.

One of the main problems for this Penguin is keeping cool. Living close to the equator it gets over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) during the daytime. They keep cool by swimming and hunting for food during the day in the cold water of the Cromwell Current (also called Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent or just Equatorial Undercurrent). During the cool nights, Galapagos Penguins sleep and nest on the land. They hold their flippers out to help the heat escape their bodies. They protect their feet from getting sunburned by holding their flippers over their feet when on land.

Galapagos Penguins also keep cool by spreading out their wings and fluffing up their feathers and also by swimming in the cold currents around the islands.

Galapagos Penguins
The Galapagos Penguin mates for life. They only mate and breed when there is plenty of food. Often only one chick is raised. Both parents tend the eggs for 38 to 40 days. Chicks are cared for by both male and female. The chick is guarded for about 30 days after hatching with each parent taking turns to go away and feed, sometimes for several days at a time. The chick molts, develop their adult feathers, and are on their own in about 60 to 65 days. If there is not enough food available, the nest may be abandoned.


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Hello neighbor Manyee
Superb capture of this species.Great composition,wonderful natural colours.Love the contrast withe the blue... its a volcanic rock isn't it?.Excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Best wishes!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-13 15:12]

Hi Manyee,a funny pose and a very interesting post another time about this very rare guest of TN,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Manyee,
Valuable NOTES.Well captured this Galapagos Penguin in its natural habitat.Natural colour and details.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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