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Boulder's Beach, Western Cape
South Africa


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 376 mm
Exposure 1/1000 s, f/9, ISO 100 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Brillenpinguin Dutch  Zwartvoetpinguin
Italian  Pinguino africano Spanish  Pingüino del El Cabo


The African Penguin, also named Jackass Penguin, was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in 1758 in his Systema Naturae. The African Penguin is a banded penguin, placed in the genus Spheniscus, like the Galapagos, Humboldt and Magellan Penguins. African Penguins normally swim within 20 km of the shore. A penguin may consume up to 540 grams of prey every day.


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African Penguin
Spheniscus demersus
Manchot du Cap

Jean-Michel PAULUS