Penguins on the Go, by Elsa Ruth

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We finally got to see the penguins!

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We saw them on the coast where the Indian and the Atlantic oceans meet.  The beach is so beautiful and it looks like it is a tropical ocean. But it has cold water.

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These penguins used to be called Jackass penguins because their call sounds like a donkey.  We heard a couple talking to each other and it really does sound like a donkey braying!  But now they are called African Penguins.

All of the kinds of penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.  There are no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.  These penguins are endangered.  We have lost 90% of these penguins in the last 100 years. One of the problems they face is losing their habitat because of people building along the coast.  Also, they eat anchovies and small fish that have been overfished so they can’t find as much food as before.

Penguins stay with their mate for their whole life.  They share building the nest and sitting on the eggs.  We got to see some nests made from grass, leaves, and twigs in a hole in the ground.

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Since these penguins are endangered, conservationists have created nesting areas in these plastic containers to help them.

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We got to see some penguins who were in their moulting time.  This is when they lose their feathers and grow new ones in.  During this time they cannot swim or eat so they are more at risk.  One cool fact about moulting is that not all penguins do this at the same time.

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Sometimes you will see the penguins going outside of areas reserved for them.

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All of us enjoyed our trip getting to see the penguins.

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6 thoughts on “Penguins on the Go, by Elsa Ruth

  1. Thanks, Elsa Ruth. What a fine piece of bird reporting and, I suspect, some good research. I enjoyed the pictures and appreciated the information your shared, too. I was birding with a small group of people today in the Sheyenne Grasslands (south a bit west of Fargo) but we didn’t see anything as cool as these penguins.
    Sandy

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  2. Elsa Ruth,
    Thank you for sharing all that you have seen and learned about the penguins. Most of us will never have the opportunity to see them as you have. Well done and thanks for sharing with all of us.
    Love You.
    Grandma Ruth.

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