Though most people associate penguins with Antarctica and other cold, icy landscapes, our experiences with penguins have been in places that are not only not snowy but are, in fact, downright hot. Most recently we visited the penguins of Boulder Beach, South Africa, just down the peninsula from Cape Town. On this beach, thousands of African penguins, also known as jackass penguins for their characteristic braying sound, live. we were fortunate enough to visit during their molting and breeding season, which meant that the majority of the penguins were up on land rather than hunting for food out at sea. With boardwalks that lead right through their habitat and with a few of the penguins venturing out of protected territory and right onto the bathing beaches, we were able to get an up close look at penguin life.
Casting a shadow on the boulders for which the beach is named.
Venturing outside the bounds…and wondering how the heck to get back in.
Hoping that there is safety in numbers.
But sometimes losing the battle to the gulls.
Penguin father settling in to keep the eggs warm immediately after his partner laid them.
Sharing nest space with the kiddos.
Strutting their stuff on the white sands.
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