VISITOR TO OUR SOUTH AFRICAN SHORES – NORTHERN ROCKHOPPER PENGUIN

The birding year got off to very good start for a number of local birders who managed to ‘tick’ this uncommon visitor that came ashore to moult on the west side of the Cape Peninsula at the end of January.

Northern Rockhopper Penguin at Soetwater by Patrick Cardwell

Northern Rockhopper Penguin at Soetwater , by P Cardwell

Confiding and apparently not in the least fazed by all the attention from a crowd of admirers the visitor from Tristan da Cunha provided ample opportunity for all to enjoy its presence and the photo opportunities along with it.

Northern Rockhopper Penguin at Soetwater on the Cape Town coast by Patrick Cardwell of Avian Leisure

Northern Rockhopper Penguin at Soetwater on the Cape Town coast by P Cardwell

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