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Rockhopper

By 213hardy      
Taken at Edinburgh zoo last week, reminds me a little of Predator with the bad hair.

Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) are native to Argentina, Australia, Chile, the Falkland Islands, and New Zealand. They are the smallest of the crested species of penguins. They have striking yellow crests on their heads and distinctive red eyes.

Rockhopper penguins are noisy and quarrelsome, and get their name from their ability to hop from rock to rock. They use a series of bounds with both feet together to climb steep rock faces and then reach their rocky nesting sites by hopping over the surrounding rocks. They breed in colonies and feed on krill and other crustaceans as well as on squid, octopus, and fish.

Rockhoppers were the stars of the film “Surf’s Up” and also featured in “Happy Feet” where Lovelace was a rockhopper.

Populations of rockhopper penguins have been declining over the last century, but recent, more rapid declines in their numbers have caused concern. Because of these declines, rockhopper penguins have been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as an Endangered species, meaning that they are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Thanks for looking

Den

Tags: General Penguin Close-up and macro Rockhopper Pets and captive animals

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Comments


Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
24 Feb 2014 6:32AM
Great shot Den and an interesting write up. Sad to see another species on the brink.

Andy

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ColleenA Plus
4 317 3 Australia
24 Feb 2014 6:46AM
Just too cute, love the hairstyle ...great shot
nonur Plus
7 17 9 Turkey
24 Feb 2014 7:04AM
A funny guy, it is sad to know the fact about them.
KarenFB Plus
10 4.6k 167 England
24 Feb 2014 8:05AM
A brilliant close up!
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 8:10AM
What a character!
Moira
AnneB50 4 118 18 Scotland
24 Feb 2014 9:00AM
Great shot, I wouldn't want to cross him though!
24 Feb 2014 9:05AM
isnt he wonderful
PhilT2 Plus
6 363 25 England
24 Feb 2014 9:31AM
Always think these are the most comical of the penguins and this is a great portrait
a superb image



billy
24 Feb 2014 12:21PM
Nice to see a 'friend' from my homeland (Falklands) these are my favourites of all the penguin species and have spent hours watching them, one thing thats not mentioned and thats the smell ...... especially when the winds blowing in the wrong direction. Lovely image.
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2014 7:27PM
A belter of an image. Great colour and detail throughout.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
24 Feb 2014 8:02PM
Great close up!
Effrossini
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 318 England
24 Feb 2014 9:09PM
Nice little penguin Smile
25 Feb 2014 4:17PM
I just love penguins -he's great!

Maggie

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