Thursday, 15 November 2012

Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach

Penguins Boulders Beach
Photo by féileacán
I love people watching. It’s is probably one of my favourite things to do anytime and anywhere, but I particularly like it when I am abroad. I can sit and watch people for hours: Watch what they do, what they wear and what they shouldn’t wear. But one thing I love even more is animal watching, especially when they’re in their natural habitat. One of my favourite places to do this is Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. This beach consists of a couple of small inlets that are sheltered by giant granite boulders and it’s great for penguin watching. The sandy inlets are home to a quite a large colony of African penguins that settled in Boulders Bay in 1982. At first there were only two couples, but they soon procreated and now around 3000 of their off-spring live in this bay.

Boulders Beach
Photo by féileacán
Penguins are funny animals. They laze around on the sand or a on comfy rock enjoying the warmth of the sun. They take a nap, wake up, turn over and fall asleep again. If they get too hot, they dive into the ocean, swim a couple of laps and waddle back to their spot in the sand only to repeat the process. If the lazing and the napping get a bit monotonous, they go for a waddle around the beach, have some food or strut their stuff to impress the opposite sex. 

Boulders Beach is a great place to spend a couple of hours. And you’ll come to the conclusion that their beach behaviour isn’t all that different from what humans do at the sea side, really.

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